Both Houses of Parliament adjourn sine die

RSTV Bureau
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu during Rajya Sabha proceedings. (RSTV Grab)

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu during Rajya Sabha proceedings. (RSTV Grab)

The Budget session of both Houses of Parliament, Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha concluded on Monday after they were adjourned sine die.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu gave his closing remarks before adjourning the House sine die. He said the House had 23 sittings in the Session, with a productivity of 76.13 per cent.

He concluded his speech by asking the Members to show their appreciation to the doctors, media and all other sectors working during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said he had met leaders of various parties, including Leader of the House Thawarchand Gehlot and Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad.

During the meeting, it was agreed to adjourn the House ahead of schedule keeping in mind the serious situation.

Some leaders, including Congress’ Anand Sharma, talked about the gravity of the situation and how fast the coronavirus is spreading.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said the idea behind running the House was to ensure that members are not seen as shirking responsibility in this hour of challenge. But there was a need to rethink in view of the recent developments.

Members agreed that the situation is “very serious” and thus supported the idea of adjournment of the Budget Session, which was scheduled to conclude on April 3.

The Appropriation Bills were returned by the House earlier today. The Finance Bill, 2020, which was passed by the Lok Sabha was also returned.

The House also bid farewell to the retiring members of Rajya Sabha.

(With inputs from Agency)