Staff Report / New Delhi
The Lok Sabha has been adjourned sine die before its scheduled time in view of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak. The sittings of the house were curtailed by nine days. Earlier, the house was scheduled to sit till 3rd of next month during the second part of the Budget Session of Parliament. The decision was taken by Lok Speaker Om Birla after holding consultation with the floor leaders of the various parties.
In his valedictory address, Mr Birla said that during the Budget session which began on 31st of January with the address of President Ram Nath Kovind, as many as 16 legislations were introduced and 13 bills were passed. He said, during the period the sittings were spread over 109 hours. Mr Birla said, the house also sat over 21 hours more than the scheduled time to conduct the business.
Earlier, the Lower House expressed gratitude to those engaged in essential services including doctors, police personnel and media people who are in the frontline of the battle against Coronavirus. The house also expressed grief over the death of 17 personnel of security forces in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh in Naxal attack. The members also observed two minute silence as mark of respect to them.