There will be no winter session of Parliament this year in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the government said Tuesday. The Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that all the political parties are in favour of scrapping the session to contain the spread of COVID-19 and jumping straight to the Union Budget session 2021 in January.
Pralhad Joshi confirmed this while responding to the Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary's demand for a winter session to discuss the farm laws 2020.
Chaudhary had stressed the need to amend the farm laws 2020, which he stated that the laws were rammed through parliament by the government.
"Various political party leaders expressed their concerns about the pandemic and opined of doing away with Winter Session. Appropriate to have Union Budget Session 2021 in January," said Union Parliamentary Affairs Min to Cong's AR Chowdhury on his letter on convening winter session of Parliament.
The Agriculture laws have sparked the current farmers' protest where thousands of farmers have gathered near Delhi borders demanding to repeal the newly enacted acts.
Earlier, the Monsoon Session of Parliament was delayed due to COVID-19 and was held in September instead of July. The session was cut short by 10 days due to the prevailing situation arising out of Covid-19.
The farmers' have been demanding to repeal farm laws 2020 i.e. the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.