Bihar legislative council closed till April 25, after its three employees died of Covid-19 in last 10 days | Patna News – Times of India

PATNA: Bihar Legislative Council chairman Awadhesh Narain Singh on Monday ordered closure of the council and its secretariat till April 25 after one more employee died of covid-19.
“Lal Babu Ram, a sweeper in the council, died of covid-19 at his residence in the state capital. He was the third council employee who died of covid-19 in the last 10 days,” the Council public relation officer AJit Ranjan told TOI on Monday.
After a brief condolence meeting, the chairman ordered closure of the council and its secretariat till April 25 to check further spread of covid-19 infection among other employees.
“Each and every part of the council’s main building, its secretariat and its annexe were being sanitised,” a council official said.
Two other council employees Vijendra Kumar Sharma and Arun Ram (both working as assistant) died of covid-19 on April 13 and April 10, respectively.
After Arun’s untimely death, the council made an arrangement for a rapid antigen test of its all employees on April 13. Of around 75 employees who went for the rapid antigen test at the council premises, 18 were found positive for covid-19.
The death of three employees in the last 10 days has sent a shock wave among all the council employees as the majority of them came in close contact with either of three deceased colleagues due to one or the other reasons. Several employees have gone in isolation at their home.
Lok Sabha Speaker’s virtual meet: In the meantime, the Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday held a virtual meeting with the presiding officers of state assemblies on topic- ‘Current status of covid-19 pandemic: role and responsibilities of peoples’ representatives.’
Participating in the virtual meeting, Bihar Vidhan Sabha speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha urged other state governments not to make unnecessary pressure on the migrant workers and students for returning Bihar during the fresh phase of pandemic. Sinha said, the governments of other states should make necessary arrangements for migrant workers and students of Bihar where they are currently living or working.
Sinha further suggested that all members of Bihar assembly should set up a control room in their respective constituencies to provide necessary help to the common people.
“It was also decided to open a control room in the assembly secretariat to help people, as per the suggestion of the Lok Sabha speaker,” an assembly official said.

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