Parliament session begins Feb 23, Union budget on Feb 28

PTI, January 21, 2015

The budget session of Parliament, in which the government seeks to convert six recent ordinances into legislations, is set to commence from February 23 and will conclude on May 8 with a month-long recess.

The general budget will be presented on Saturday, February 28. Before that the railway budget will be presented on February 26 followed by the Economic Survey on February 27.
The cabinet committee on parliamentary affairs which met in Delhi on Wednesday recommended to the President the schedule of the budget session.

The first part of the session will continue till March 20. The second part of the session will commence after a month-long recess from April 20. The session will conclude on May 8, official sources said.

The recess period of the session is utilised by parliamentary committees to examine the budget proposals of the various ministries.

The session will begin with the address of Pranab Mukherjee to the joint sitting of the two Houses. The Motion of Thanks to the President’s address will be debated on February 24 and 25. If the Motion is not passed in the two days, it will be taken up later.

A senior minister said that in the past too, Budget has been presented on a Saturday.
During the session, government will push for passage of bills on six ordinances promulgated recently.

The ordinances include those on coal, mines and minerals, e-rickshaws, amendment to Citizenship Act, Land Acquisition and the one on FDI in insurance sector.

“We have decided to highlight the number of ordinances issued by Congress governments during tenures of (Jawaharlal) Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi,” parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters after the meeting.

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