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Impact of Covid-19: Parliament’s budget and winter sessions may be crushed | India News


NEW DELHI: In the wake of the increase in Covid-19 cases in the national capital, a single extended session of parliament is contemplated instead of separate winter and budget sessions, sources said Monday.
However, nothing has been finalized and discussions are still in a preliminary stage. A final call has not yet been taken, but there are suggestions that a single unified session can be held instead of two sessions in such a short period, sources said.
The winter session of parliament usually starts from the last week of November or the first week of December, while the budget session starts from the last week of January and the Union budget is presented on February 1.
The monsoon session, which took place since September 14 amid the pandemic, was interrupted in eight days and concluded on September 24 as, despite elaborate arrangements made by the authorities, many parliamentarians and members of Parliament staff tested positive for Covid-19.
During the monsoon session various measures were implemented for the first time, such as the staggered session of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and the use of cameras and galleries to accommodate members while following the rules of physical distancing.
The budget session was also shortened earlier this year amid the looming threat of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Former Lok Sabha secretary general PDT Acharya said it is a convention to hold three sessions of parliament in one year. It is not a rule.
According to the Constitution, there should not be an interval of six months or more between two sessions.
If the government brings together two sessions of parliament and holds only two sessions this year, then it will not be a violation of any rule, Acharya said.
The national capital had recorded its highest peak in a single day of 8,593 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday.
On Thursday, there were 104 deaths, the highest in a day in more than five months.
The surge in cases prompted the Center to announce new steps Sunday, including a house-to-house survey.

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