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The ministry of parliamentary affairs on January 14 said that the 256th session of the budget session will start from January 31.
The first half will run from January 31 to February 11. The second half will be from March 14 to April 8. "There will be no sitting on March 18 on account of Holi," the order stated.
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On February 1, the budget will be presented in Lok Sabha before being tabled in Rajya Sabha.
"I am further directed to inform you that the President will be pleased to address both Houses of Parliament assembled together at 11.00 am on Monday, the 31st January, 2022 and inform the Parliament about the reasons of its summons in terms of article 87(I) of the Constitution," it said.
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This comes after Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla inspected the Parliament House Complex (PHC) on January 11 to take stock of health safety-related measures and other preparations in light of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the country.
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The Speaker had said necessary arrangements were being made for the budget session of Parliament.
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Birla had directed officials to take special care of MPs above the age of sixty and attend to their requirements in a proactive manner.
The Speaker had told reporters that he has held discussions concerning COVID-19 measures with Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu.
He had also visited the COVID-19 testing facility set up in Parliament House Annexe for MPs, officers, and staff of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Secretariats and reviewed the preparations there.
"We have made arrangements for testing and vaccination in the Parliament complex. It is true that a large number of officials in the Parliament have tested COVID-positive. All the officials are fine. They are being monitored and taken care of by the doctors," he had said.
The Speaker had said necessary preparations are being done so that COVID guidelines can be adhered to.