Bhubaneswar: Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro has called for an all-party meeting on November 18 to ensure smooth functioning of the House during the winter session ofAssembly, beginning November 20.
Informing the media on Sunday, the Speaker said that the meeting among other things will decide on whether there will be a question hour during this session.
According to the guidelines, all MLAs and employees of the Assembly Secretariat and reporters covering the house proceedings will have to undergo COVID-19 test from November 17 to November 19, he said.
RT-PCR tests of the legislators, staff and other officers will be done in a special counter and only those test negative for the virus will be allowed to participate in the Assembly proceedings.
Patro added that the business of the house will be conducted in two sittings while the total duration will be of four and a half hours every day.