Lok Sabha Passes Finance Bill Without Discussion
Parliament House stands in New Delhi, India. (Photographer: T. Narayan/Bloomberg)  

Lok Sabha Passes Finance Bill Without Discussion

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Lok Sabha passed the Finance Bill 2020 without a discussion on Monday as the House curtailed its sittings in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

More than 40 amendments were introduced by the government to the Finance Bill, which was moved for consideration and passing by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

The Union government said it was an "extraordinary situation", a reference to the Covid-19 pandemic, as the Finance Minister tabled the bill for passage. The House negated amendments moved by Opposition members.

A decision to pass the Bill without any discussion was taken at an all-party meeting convened by Speaker Om Birla. Some amendments moved by the Opposition were negated.

The Bill gives effect to the financial proposals of the central government for fiscal 2020-21. Against the backdrop of the coronavirus outbreak, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal said it was an "extraordinary situation" and that a decision to pass the Bill without any discussion was taken at the all-party meeting.

As Sitharaman was moving various amendments to the Bill, Congress leader in the House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and DMK leader TR Baalu tried to intervene as they wanted to know about a financial package for sectors impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. The Bill, with all the amendments moved by the government, was passed by the House.

Also read: India Can Spend $18 Billion to Fight Virus Impact, Analysts Say

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