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Lok Sabha passes Finance Bill, adjourned sine die

Hans India 2020-03-24 01:28:15

New Delhi: Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die after the passage of the Finance Bill today, nearly two weeks ahead of schedule, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.


The government introduced two bills even as some Opposition members, including those from the Congress, wanted to know when the government would announce a financial package for sectors affected by the coronavirus outbreak, saying it was an "extraordinary situation".


Before adjourning the proceedings sine die, Speaker Om Birla emphasised the need for social distancing and work on efforts to tackle the pandemic.


The Finance Bill, 2020, was passed without any discussion. The Bill gives effect to the financial proposals of the central government for fiscal 2020-21.


A decision to approve the Finance Bill without discussion was taken at the all-party meeting convened by the Speaker.