NOIDA, March 23 -- Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla has called a meeting of the government and Opposition leaders at 1.30pm on Monday in his chamber to decide on an early closure of the budget session in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.

A senior official said there was little possibility of continuing the session especially after a lockdown was announced in several states and health experts' emphasis against large gatherings.

"Only the Finance Bill 2020 must be passed before the session is adjourned. The Finance Bill, a money bill, requires Lok Sabha approval and just a mention in Rajya Sabha," said an official.

Signalling its intent for an early closure of the session, the government has listed the Finance Bill for passage in Lok Sabha on M...