Hyderabad: The Monsoon Session for Telangana Legislative Assembly is all set to kick-start from Monday, September 7. This comes at a time when COVID-19 cases in the state have crossed the 1.4 lakh mark.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, all assembly members were tested on Sunday, including staffers. As per guidelines from the government, only those who test negative for the virus will be allowed to participate in the assembly session.
The House will conduct debates on issues ranging from GST compensation, Srisailam fire accident, and the measures taken by the state government to contain the virus.
As part of prevention protocols, members will be asked to sit at six feet distance. The premises of the building were also sanitised, including equipment to be used for the debates. Wearing masks in the assembly has also been made mandatory.
Meanwhile, members of the opposition Congress party conducted a meeting on Sunday to discuss about the plan of action for the upcoming sessions.
Mulugu MLA Danasari Anusuya posted visuals of her getting tested for the virus.
I was the first to warn about Corona in Telangana assembly in March, now ready to be the voice of voiceless on public issues so that gave my corona test today in assembly and tested negative.@INCIndia @MahilaCongress @RahulGandhi @sushmitadevinc @priyankagandhi @INCTelangana pic.twitter.com/YiU12GAz2P
— Danasari Anasuya (Seethakka) (@seethakkaMLA) September 6, 2020
Telangana Finance Minister K Harish Rao, however, tested positive for the virus two days before the commencement of the monsoon session. He announced on September 5 that he had tested positive and is placed under home quarantine.
On getting initial symptoms of coronavirus, I got the test done and the report came back positive. My health is fine, I request that all those who have come in contact with me in the last few days, please isolate yourself and get Covid Test done
— Harish Rao Thanneeru #StayHome #StaySafe (@trsharish) September 5, 2020