All those, including the ministers, advisers and MLAs, who come to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly secretariat premises on July 30, will have to mandatorily undergo the COVID19 test and carry the test results with them.

The officers and other staff members of the Assembly secretariat will also have to follow the directive.

A one-day session of the Assembly will be held on July 30.

Nagaland Assembly Speaker Sharingain Longkumer on Saturday said production of COVID19 test result is a part of the plans to organise the Assembly session by strictly adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and the other necessary precautionary measures.

The Speaker directed that the legislators will be accompanied by only their drivers and one security guard, except in the case of the chief minister, deputy chief minister and the Leader of Opposition, to pre-empt the situation of too many persons crowding around the Assembly secretariat premises.

To facilitate this process, the Nagaland Assembly secretariat, in consultation with the civil secretariat, has made necessary arrangements for the convenient testing of everyone involved.

An official release said sample collections of all the ministers, advisers, and MLAs and their supporting staff, who will be accompanying them for the Assembly session, will be carried out at the State Banquet Hall, Old Chief Minister’s Bungalow, Kohima, from 12 noon to 4 pm on July 26.

The MLAs and officers and staff of the Assembly secretariat residing within the Assembly complex, including at the Legislators’ Home, and coming to the secretariat from different parts of the state, can provide their samples at the special facility arranged for it within the Assembly complex.

The facility can be accessed from the entry gate no. 2 to the Visitors’ Gallery of the Assembly complex from July 26-28.

The MLAs, stationed in other parts of the state and their supporting staff accompanying them to the Assembly session, may get themselves tested at the designated facilities closer to their place of stay and carry the reports with them.

The release said the civil secretariat will be making its own arrangements for the testing of the administrative heads of departments/heads of departments assigned to attend the session, and the persons accompanying them.

Bhadra Gogoi

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