Parliament's Budget Session
to begin on February 23
January 30, 2015
The Budget Session
of Parliament will begin on February 23 and conclude on May 8,
it was officially announced today. In a press statement, Lok
Sabha said that the Fourth Session of 16th Lok Sabha will
commence on Monday, when President Pranab Mukherjee will address
both Houses of Parliament assembled together in the Central Hall
at 11 AM.
"In order to enable
the Standing Committee to consider the demands for grants of
ministries/departments and prepare their reports, the House will
adjourn on March 20 to meet again on April 20," it said. In a
separate press release, Rajya Sabha said, "The President has
summoned Rajya Sabha to meet on Monday, the 23rd February, 2015,
at New Delhi. Subject to exigencies of business, the Session is
scheduled to conclude on Friday, the 8th May, 2015."
Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, which met on January 21, had
recommended to the President the schedule of the Budget Session.
Parliament will have a special sitting on Saturday, a holiday,
for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to present the Budget which
will be preceded by the Economic Survey on February 27 and the
Railway Budget on February 26.
The Motion of Thanks
to the President for his address will be debated on February 24
and 25. During the session, the government will push for passage
of bills on six ordinances promulgated recently. The ordinances
are on coal, mines and minerals, e-rickshaws, amendment to
Citizenship Act, land acquisition and FDI in insurance sector.
The government is especially under pressure to legislate the
ordinances on insurance sector and the coal sector so that the
new systems in place for attracting FDI in insurance and for
auctioning of coal blocks are not disturbed.
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