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As COVID-19 cases rise, winter-budget sessions of Parliament likely to be clubbed

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New Delhi, Nov 23: Parliament is unlikely to be convened before the last week of January due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the National Capital.

The winter session is likely to be deferred to next year and could be clubbed with the budget session at the end of January. The budget is presented on February 1.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla

However last week Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said the Lok Sabha secretariat is ready to hold the session and dates are decided by the government.

At a press conference here, he said the Monsoon session was held with all precautions amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the parliamentary standing committees have also been meeting regularly.

Govt will decide: Om Birla on holding Winter Session of Parliament

"The Lok Sabha secretariat is prepared to hold the parliament session. As far as dates are concerned, it is decided by the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs," Birla said in reply to a question about holding the Winter Session of Parliament.

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs decides the dates of the session and the government discuss with opposition parties as well, the Lok Sabha Speaker said.

He announced that a two-day all-India presiding officers' meet will be held from November 25 in Kewadia near Vadodra with President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu gracing the occasion.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also address the gathering, the Lok Sabha Speaker said.

The theme for this year's conference is ''Harmonious Coordination between Legislature, Executive and Judiciary -- Key to a Vibrant Democracy'', Birla said.

He also informed the press conference that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate 76 residences for Members of Parliament on B D Marg in New Delhi.

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    These residences have been built within 27 months at a cost of Rs 188 crore, in three towers named after Rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, Birla said.

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