The President is likely to address the new Parliament
New Delhi: In the joint sitting of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, the President’s address can be held in the new Parliament, while the remaining part of the budget session can continue in the old Parliament. Sources gave this information. The budget session of Parliament begins on January 31 and the first part will continue till February 10. Parliament will resume on March 12 and run till April 6.
This will be President Draupadi Murmu’s first address to Parliament and their first meeting in the under-construction Parliament House. According to sources, the session will be held in the Lok Sabha chamber where last-minute touches are being given. The new building does not have a Central Hall, where all joint meetings take place. The Lok Sabha Chamber is large enough to accommodate the members of both the Houses.
The Lok Sabha Secretariat has started preparing new “smart identity cards” for MPs for the new Parliament. According to the Lok Sabha bulletin issued on January 11, “The smart card will be highly secure with several security features embedded in the system.” The new building will also have smart cameras with facial recognition features to allow easy access for members.
“There is still some pending work, so it is unlikely that we will spend the entire budget session there,” he said. It is expected that the building will be ready to receive the members when the Parliament meets after the recess on March 12.