The Budge Session of the Parliament is likely to be concluded almost 12 days before its scheduled winding up. (Photo Credit: PTI)
The Budget Session of Parliament is likely to be adjourned sine die on Monday after the passage of the Finance Bill in both Houses, sources said on Sunday. The decision is in this regard is being taken considering the complete lockdown announced by many states. The session is likely to be concluded almost 12 days before its scheduled winding up due to the looming threat of deadly coronavirus.
Many political parties including TMC have decided not to attend the session on Monday due to the coronavirus scare amid lockdowns announced by many states for varied periods, sources said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is already facing criticism from several opposition parties and political activists for not practicing what it preaches - social distancing.
Meanwhile, the Government of Indian has decided to completely shut down 75 districts across the country where coronavirus cases have been reported, Union Health Ministry officials said on Sunday. The officials asked all the state governments to ensure that the poor don't face problems in these districts during the lockdown. The decisions have been taken at a high-level meeting attended by chief secretaries of all states and the cabinet secretary and the principal secretary to the prime minister.
In view of the need to contain the spread of the deadly COVID-19, it was agreed that there was an urgent need to extend the restrictions on the movement of non-essential passenger transport, including interstate transport buses till March 31, a Union Home Ministry official said.
“To break the chain of transmission, the easiest method is to isolate the people coming from outside. The virus is not present in the air, it can be transmitted through droplets released,” Indian Council of Medical Research Director-General Balram Bhargava said.
The districts where lockdown was announced are from states that include Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and Kerala.
With Agency Inputs