Covid-19: Government can end Lok Sabha session before hours

NEW DELHI: With the government discussing ways to contain the spread in the country, BJD MP Pinaki Misra appealed to President Om Birla on Thursday to also facilitate thermal imaging cameras in the Parliament complex.

The government has issued notices against nonessential gatherings of large groups anywhere in the country. Praising the government for measures taken to help contain the virus, Misra said some members of Iran's Parliament have tested positive for coronavirus. Please fix the thermal images in Parliament, he said.

While schools and movie theaters were asked to close as a precautionary measure in light of the Covid-19 spread, sources said the government was considering whether Lok Sabha could be postponed around March 20, before his closing scheduled for April 3. With Lok Sabha hoping to discuss and pass the finance bill next week, key legislation the House must consider will be passed.

Among other important pieces of legislation, Lok Sabha already passed the Vivaad se Vishwas Direct Tax Act, 2020, and the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Code Act (Second Amendment) in the first week of the subsequent recess. Rajya Sabha passed the IBC bill on Thursday.

Birla sought the House's opinion on letting Lok Sabha work over the weekend and said he would allow it if there was consensus. However, after vehement opposition from a large number of MPs, Birla said the House would sit until late at night to discuss the demand for subsidies from various key ministries.