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 Railway Budget on February 26.
The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs which met on Wednesday recommended to the President the schedule of the Budget session.
A senior minister said that in the past too, Budget has been presented on a Saturday if it happened to be the last day of February, traditionally the day for budget presentation. The session, being the first in the New Year, will begin with the President’s address to the joint sitting of the two Houses on which there will be discussion and a vote on a Motion of Thanks.
The first part of this session will continue till March 20. The second part will commence after a month-long recess from April 20.
The session will conclude on May 8, official sources said. Parliamentary committees will examine the demands for grants of the various ministries during the recess. The Motion of Thanks to the President’s address will be debated on February 24 and 25.
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.
The government is especially under pressure to legislate the ordinance on insurance sector and the coal sector in view of the fact that the new systems in place for attracting FDI in insurance and for auctioning of coal blocks are not disturbed. “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.
While the first part of the Session is likely to have 26 sittings, the second part would have 19 sittings.
A total of 66 bills, including nine in the Rajya Sabha, are pending in Parliament.
Amongst the bills government proposes to introduce, include Amendments to the Whistle-blowers Protection Act, The Rights to Services and Grievances Redress Bill, Amendment to the Inter-state Water Dispute Act, The Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill, The Recognition of New Systems of Medicine Bill, Amendment to the National Commission for Women Act, and the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation (Second Amendment) Bill, the sources said.
The meeting, chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, was attended by Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, Chemicals Minister Ananth Kumar, Minorities Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, M Venkaiah Naidu and his two Ministers of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Rajiv Pratap Rudy.