LOK Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Friday conducted surprise checking of cleanliness in Parliament premises following Covid-19 threat.
Birla along with a team of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation and local authorities took a round of the campus after the House was adjourned at noon.
The Speaker went to the Central Hall, library, Gate Number four, Speaker gate, lawn and the media camp and directed the authorities to launch cleanliness drive.
He also interacted with security officials posted at the entry gate and advised them to take precautions against Covid-19.
In the media camp, the Speaker advised the local authorities to put up sanitisers and provide gloves to the media persons.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Friday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in his address to the nation urged people to exercise caution to prevent spread of coronavirus and not feel scared. He asserted that Parliament was with PM’s address to the nation.
The Speaker said the entire world is dealing with the crisis posed by coronavirus and India is also making all its possible efforts. “Prime Minister in his address to the nation appealed to people to exercise caution and not feel scared so that their faith is maintained,” he said.
The Speaker said that Prime Minister in his address on Thursday told about ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus and announced programme of Janta Curfew on Sunday. The Speaker said it was a feature of country’s democracy that in the times of difficulty, everyone works together.
“I thank the Prime Minister and members of all parties,” he said.
India on Friday recorded 22 fresh cases of Covid-19 taking the number of affected persons to 223 from 173 the day before.
Four persons in India have died due to Covid-19 -- one each from Punjab, Maharashtra, Delhi and Karnataka.
Members in the House expressed concern over the economic impact of the threat of coronavirus especially on the vulnerable and poor sections.