Since the pandemic began, three sessions of Parliament – Budget, Monsoon and Winter Session – were curtailed and the Winter Session last year had to be cancelled. Last year, the Monsoon session, which usually starts in July, had begun in September.
This year’s Monsoon Session would come after a devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India, with daily cases having peaked at more than four lakh and deaths at more than 4,000. The wave was marked by a crippling shortage of hospital beds, medical oxygen, and essential medicines.
Lockdowns were imposed in most states across the country. With cases having been on the decline for the last couple of weeks, restrictions are being eased.
However, according to IANS, the authorities are confident of holding the Monsoon session in July this year as most of the parliamentarians, staff members of both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha secretariats and other stakeholders have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
(With inputs from ANI and IANS)