MLAs under no compulsion to attend session: Speaker

MLAs under no compulsion to attend session: Speaker
Health workers collecting samples for COVID test ahead of the assembly session (scheduled to be held on July 30), Sunday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/26/2020 12:18:08 PM IST

Even as all arrangements are being made to ensure that the day-long Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) session scheduled on July 30 passes off smoothly without posing any health risk to anyone, Speaker Sharingain Longkumer has clarified that legislators were under no compulsion to attend in view of COVID-19 pandemic. 

Speaking to reporters at old CM bungalow here Sunday afternoon, the Sharingain explained that considering the current pandemic the MLAs would not be under any compulsion to attend the session. He said if any aged member decided to stay away, it would be entirely his call, adding that he would consider such request. He said that the NLA secretariat was taking all precautionary measures for the upcoming session, stressing that one could not afford to become complacent nor take any chance for, anything might happen.

With over 500 people expected to be a part of the session, he feared that if a single person tested positive, the entire government machinery would come to a standstill. He therefore said he took the decision of making test compulsory for everyone attending the session or even coming to its periphery in the interest of all.  

Meanwhile, following the speaker’s order, elected members, security personnel escorting the members, drivers, NLA staff and supporting staff underwent Truenat test at the old CM bungalow.

As all MLAs were equally important, he said he felt it necessary for making it compulsory for their drivers and security personnel to test before the commencement of the session. 

“I’m resorting to use all available resources at my disposal to ensure that all my members are safe, besides the State government officials, security personnel and drivers,” he added.  


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