COVID testing for attending NLA session

DIMAPUR, JUL 25 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/25/2020 1:12:39 PM IST

Ahead of the one-day assembly session scheduled to be held on July 30, the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) speaker Sharingain Longkumer has decided that all those coming to the assembly secretariat premises on July 30, whether to attend the session or as part of the supporting staff, including all the ministers/advisors/MLAs and the officers and staff of the assembly secretariat, would have to undergo COVID-19 test and carry the test results with them.

In a statement, the assembly secretariat stated that in order to facilitate the process it has in consultation with the civil secretariat made necessary arrangements for the convenient testing of everyone involved.

Accordingly, it said that sample collections of all the ministers/advisors and the MLAs and their supporting staff, who would be accompanying them for the assembly session, would be done starting from 12 noon on July 26, 2020 at the State Banquet Hall, Old Chief Minister’s Bungalow, Kohima. 

They have been requested to avail the facility according to their convenience between 12 noon and 4pm on July 26, 2020.

MLAs and officers & staff of the assembly secretariat residing within the assembly complex, including at the legislators’ home, and coming to the secretariat from different parts of the state, could provide their samples at the special facility arranged for it within the assembly complex. 

The facility can be accessed from the Entry Gate No. II to the Visitors’ Gallery to the Assembly. 

All responsible have been requested to avail the facility specially arranged for them from July 26-28, 2020.  On July 26, the facility can be availed between 12 noon and 4 p.m. 

On July 27 and July 28, the facility would be open from 9am to 2pm only at the assembly secretariat.

MLAs stationed in other parts of the State and their supporting staff accompanying them to the assembly session could get themselves tested at the designated facilities closer to their place of stay and carry the reports with them.

To avoid crowding around the assembly secretariat premises, the speaker has directed that the members could come accompanied by only their drivers and one security guard, except in the case of the chief minister, deputy chief minister and the leader of opposition.

The civil secretariat would be making its own arrangements for the testing of the AHoDs/HoDs assigned to attend the session, and the persons accompanying them.

The testing of the escorts and others accompanying the chief minister, speaker and the deputy chief minister would also be taken care of by the civil secretariat. However, if any of them want to avail the facility at the assembly secretariat, they could do so.


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