400 Parliament staffers test positive for COVID-19

Nearly 400 personnel working at Parliament tested positive for COVID-19 between January 4 and 8, sources said on Sunday.

The crucial Budget Session of Parliament is scheduled to begin in the last week of January.

Out of these, 65 are from the Rajya Sabha secretariat, 200 from the Lok Sabha Secretariat and 133 belong to allied services.

New measures

As a precautionary measure, the Rajya Sabha Secretariat has introduced a host of measures, including restricting the physical attendance of its staff. As per the latest directions, 50% of officials and staff below the rank of Under Secretary are required to work from home till end of the month. They constitute about 65% of the total employees.

The decision was taken at a meeting of Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu with Secretary General P.C. Modi and Adviser P.P.K. Ramacharyulu.

Those with disabilities and pregnant women are exempted from attending office. The starting and closing timings of the Secretariat are staggered to avoid crowding. All official meetings will be held virtually.

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