Monsoon Session of Parliament Set to be Curtailed as MPs Test Positive for Coronavirus
The Government of India and its opposition parties agreed to cut short the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament as the coronavirus continues to spread among the Members of the Parliament.
According to a report published by The Times Of India, the ongoing session may end by the middle of next week. However, the Cabinet committee working on parliamentary affairs will take the final decision.
The monsoon session started on September 14 and October 1 was decided as its date of conclusion. However, Lok Sabha’s business advisory committee, chaired by Speaker Om Birla, saw most of the political parties agreeing to cut short the session following the passage of important bills.
Nitin Gadkari and Prahlad Patel are among those who caught coronavirus infection while attending the ongoing Parliamentary session. Besides these two Union ministers, as many as 30 MPs have been tested positive for COVID-19. 20 MPs out of these were tested soon after the session started.
So far, three bills have been passed in Lok Sabha to put new agriculture related ordinances in place. With the collective consent of the two Houses, another bill was passed to replace an ordinance for 30 percent salary deductions of the MPs amid the coronavirus crisis.
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