Chennai: The Tamil Nadu Assembly session of the New year scheduled to commence on January five with the traditional Governor’s address, was shifted back to Kalaivanar Arangam in view of the risingCOVID and Omicron cases in the State.
Earlier, it was announced that the session would commence at 1000 hrs with Governor R N Ravi’s address at the traditional Assembly Hall at theFort St.George after a gap of more than a year in view of the decline in COVID cases.
Since there has been increase in daily COVID cases, which had crossedthe 1,000 mark after more than a month and the spread of Omicron variant,it has been decided to hold the session at the Kalaivanar Arangam, which was the venue for the last one year in view of the COVID pandemic and to maintain physical distancing.
A notification issued by Raj Bhavan said “In exercise of powers conferred upon me by clause(I) of Article 174 of the Constitution of India and in supersession of the notification issue on Decemebr 13, 2021, I, R N Ravi,
Governor of Tamil Nadu, hereby summon the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly to meet at 10.00 am on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 in theMulti-purpose hall at Kalaivanar Arangam instead of Assembly Chamber, Secretariat”.
The Business Advisory Committee will meet after the Governor’s address to decide on the duration of the session.
Sources said the session is likely to last a few days during which a motion of the thanks to the Governor for his address would be adopted.
Assembly Speaker M Appavu had stated that like the last session, the ensuing Assembly session would also be paperless. All the members will be provided with touch screen computers.