As many as 400 employees from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have tested positive for Covid-19 in just four days. The tally includes 200 people from Lok Sabha Secretariat, 65 from Rajya Sabha and 133 associated with allied services, who came Covid positive between January 4 to 8.
In the purview of this situation, the Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla and the Upper House Chairman, M Venkaiah Naidu have curbed the attendance limit to up to 50 per cent for the employees, ranking below the Under Secretary or Executive level till January 31. This staff constitutes 65 per cent of the total employees, who are told to be working on a rotational basis as directed by their respective directors. Apart from this, all the meetings are announced to be held virtually and the officials of the Under Secretary or Executive level and above are allowed to attend office with staggered opening and closing timings.
This comes ahead of the budget session of the parliament which usually begins towards the end of January.
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Delhi reported 22,751 fresh Covid-19 cases in 24 hours on Sunday. The positivity rate in the national capital has reached 23.53 per cent with this.