NEW DELHI: All MPs will be requested to undergo the COVID-19 test before the start of the Budget session and arrangements for the same will be made in the parliament premises from January 27, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference about the start of the parliament session, he said all necessary coronavirus related protocols, including maintaining social distancing and sanitisation, will be followed during the session which is starting from January 29.

Birla on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting of top government officials for holding the Budget session amid the pandemic.

Interacting with reporters after the meeting, the Lok Sabha speaker said, "All MPs will be requested to undergo RT-PCR test to detect COVID-19 before the start of the Budget session.

Arrangements for the test will also be made in parliament premises for two days starting from January 27, he said.

Arrangements were also being made so that COVID-19 tests can be conducted near the residences of the parliamentarians, Birla said.

The Lok Sabha speaker said the House will sit in two shifts, morning and evening.

The Rajya Sabha will sit in the morning from 9 am to 1 pm and the Lok Sabha from 4 pm to 8 pm.

The budget session of parliament will be held in two parts, from January 29 to February 15, and then from March 8 to April 8.

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