Photos: Parliament’s monsoon session begins amid pandemic

Owing to the coronavirus outbreak, the Parliament observed a first of its kind of monsoon session. The members attending the session wore face-masks, practiced social distancing measures, mandatory coronavirus testing as well as a reduced occupancy during the proceedings. However, the removal of question hour on day one of the session remained the most unprecedented change and a matter of discontent amongst the opposition members. The Parliament session is being held in two shifts - with members of both Houses spread across the two chambers and galleries to adhere to social distancing norms. 24 Lok Sabha members tested positive for Covid-19 on first day of the session.

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Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla conducts proceedings during the opening day of Parliament’s monsoon session amid the coronavirus pandemic at Parliament House in New Delhi on September 14. On the first day of the delayed session, 359 members were present, of which nearly 200 were seated in the Lok Sabha chamber and a little over 30 were seated in the visitors’ gallery, HT reported. (PTI)

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla conducts proceedings during the opening day of Parliament’s monsoon session amid the coronavirus pandemic at Parliament House in New Delhi on September 14. On the first day of the delayed session, 359 members were present, of which nearly 200 were seated in the Lok Sabha chamber and a little over 30 were seated in the visitors’ gallery, HT reported. (PTI)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the media before the commencement of day one of Parliament’s monsoon session in New Delhi on September 14. Modi congratulated all members of parliament who came to attend the session even during the pandemic. (PIB)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the media before the commencement of day one of Parliament’s monsoon session in New Delhi on September 14. Modi congratulated all members of parliament who came to attend the session even during the pandemic. (PIB)

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Members of Parliament follow social distancing guidelines at Parliament House on the opening day of monsoon session in New Delhi on September 14. Arrangements were made at the Parliament for the session to proceed in a safe manner. All members wore face masks as a precautionary measure against coronavirus. (Kamal Kishore / PTI)

Members of Parliament follow social distancing guidelines at Parliament House on the opening day of monsoon session in New Delhi on September 14. Arrangements were made at the Parliament for the session to proceed in a safe manner. All members wore face masks as a precautionary measure against coronavirus. (Kamal Kishore / PTI)

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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks from behind a protective screen during the monsoon session of Parliament in New Delhi on September 14. Following preventive measures against the virus, glass-like plastic shields of varied sizes were installed in front of benches to protect members from coronavirus. (PTI)

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks from behind a protective screen during the monsoon session of Parliament in New Delhi on September 14. Following preventive measures against the virus, glass-like plastic shields of varied sizes were installed in front of benches to protect members from coronavirus. (PTI)

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Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party members hold placards during a protest over various issues outside Parliament House in New Delhi on September 14. Parliamentarians from Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and DMK raised concerns over several issues like unemployment, NEET exams and National Education Policy which did not make it to the discussions during the session proceedings, HT reported. (PTI)

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party members hold placards during a protest over various issues outside Parliament House in New Delhi on September 14. Parliamentarians from Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and DMK raised concerns over several issues like unemployment, NEET exams and National Education Policy which did not make it to the discussions during the session proceedings, HT reported. (PTI)

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Members of Parliament attending the monsoon session pay tribute to ex President Pranab Mukherjee, legendary Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj and others who passed on this year at Parliament House in New Delhi on September 14. The House met for nearly 20 minutes in the morning and was adjourned for an hour after paying tributes, HT reported. (PTI)

Members of Parliament attending the monsoon session pay tribute to ex President Pranab Mukherjee, legendary Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj and others who passed on this year at Parliament House in New Delhi on September 14. The House met for nearly 20 minutes in the morning and was adjourned for an hour after paying tributes, HT reported. (PTI)

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Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla conducts proceedings during Parliament’s monsoon session at Parliament House in New Delhi on September 14. The National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill 2019 and The National Commission for Homeopathy Bill 2019 were passed in Lok Sabha on session proceedings on day one, after which the speaker adjourned the house until September 15. (PTI)

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla conducts proceedings during Parliament’s monsoon session at Parliament House in New Delhi on September 14. The National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill 2019 and The National Commission for Homeopathy Bill 2019 were passed in Lok Sabha on session proceedings on day one, after which the speaker adjourned the house until September 15. (PTI)

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Sanitization work underway at Parliament House in New Delhi on September 14. Twenty-four Lok Sabha members tested positive for coronavirus on the first day of the monsoon session. Junior railways minister Suresh Angadi, BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi, Anant Kumar Hegde, Parvesh Sahib Singh, Rita Bahuguna Joshi and Kaushal Kishore were among MPs who have contracted the virus, secretariat officials told HT. (Kamal Singh / PTI)

Sanitization work underway at Parliament House in New Delhi on September 14. Twenty-four Lok Sabha members tested positive for coronavirus on the first day of the monsoon session. Junior railways minister Suresh Angadi, BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi, Anant Kumar Hegde, Parvesh Sahib Singh, Rita Bahuguna Joshi and Kaushal Kishore were among MPs who have contracted the virus, secretariat officials told HT. (Kamal Singh / PTI)

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