Tripura law and parliamentary affairs minister Ratan Lal Nath inspecting Heritage Park gallery on Saturday Credit: EastMojo Image

Agartala: The monsoon assembly session of Tripura Legislative Assembly, scheduled for the third week of September, is likely to be held under open space, as part of which law and parliamentary minister Ratan Lal Nath inspected the Heritage Park gallery in Agartala on Saturday.

Speaking with reporters, Nath said that the assembly session in many states has been held outside the assembly building with a set of restrictions. The Tripura government is also planning to hold the assembly session taking all measures against the novel coronavirus.

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Earlier, the five-day budget session was cut short to two days due to the outbreak of coronavirus on March 20. The last assembly session was called off soon after the budget was passed in the assembly.

The law minister said that the assembly has to be organised within six months after every session as per customs. However, the government is concerned due to the outbreak of coronavirus, therefore they are thinking of holding the assembly session in open space.

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“States like Assam held the assembly session with 50% of the total strength to maintain social distancing. I am visiting heritage park to see if it would be possible to hold the assembly session here under the open sky. However, the final decision is yet to be taken,” Nath added.

The minister said that it is possible to hold the assembly here at the gallery of Heritage Park with arrangements of shed and chair to sit and cordless mic for the legislators.

Heritage Park is located 2 km away from Tripura legislative assembly

“The legislative assembly will review the advantages and disadvantages of organizing the assembly session here at heritage park gallery. The assembly secretary has also inspected the place on Friday”, Nath said.

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Tripura legislative assembly has a total of 60 seats, of which 36 MLAs are from BJP, 8 from IPFT and 16 members are from opposition CPIM. The government may also consider following the pattern of Assam Legislative Assembly and holding assembly with 50 percent legislators.

Earlier, on July 26, Puducherry’s assembly session was convened in an open space under a neem tree after an MLA tested positive for COVID-19.

Tripura also started his neighbourhood classes in open space, field and grounds with a 5:1 student-teacher ratio by maintaining social distancing.

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