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Coronavirus India impact | Parliament's Monsoon Session could be curtailed, may end this week

Parliament's Monsoon Session which was scheduled to conclude on October 1, may be cut short amid threat of COVID-19 spreading among Members of Parliament and the staff.

The government and opposition parties have reportedly reached a consensus to cut short the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament to check the spread of coronavirus. The session could end as early as the middle of this week, news reports suggest.

It was reported earlier that the session could be cut short. The session started on September 14 and was scheduled to conclude on October 1.

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However, a final decision by the Cabinet committee on parliamentary affairs is awaited.

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Most political parties favoured curtailment of the ongoing session at a meeting of the Lok Sabha’s Business Advisory Committee (BAC). The meeting involved floor leaders of all parties, government representatives and was chaired by the Speaker.

The Lok Sabha has so far passed three Bills to replace agriculture sector related ordinances. Also, both the Houses have cleared a bill to replace an ordinance for cutting by 30 per cent the salaries of MPs to ramp up funds in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some opposition parties had reportedly conveyed to the government that conducting the full 18-day session could be a risky affair. The issue was raised after some Members of Parliament, including Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Prahlad Patel, tested positive for COVID-19 during the session.

The Budget Session was short-terminated in March after the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

(With inputs from PTI)
First Published on Sep 20, 2020 11:05 am
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