Second Phase Likely From March 9 to April 13
The second part of Parliament's Budget Session is likely to
start from March 9, a day after the last phase of voting in the
Assembly polls, and will end on April 13.
Earlier this week, the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary
Affairs (CCPA), headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, had
recommended start of the Budget Session from January 31 followed
by the presentation of the Union Budget on February 1.
Both address of the President and tabling of the Economic Survey
are likely to take place on January 31 and the first phase of
the Budget Session will run till February 9.
The second phase of the Budget Session is likely to start from
March 9 and will end on April 13, a source said.
In between, there will be a recess for the MPs to vet the Budget
in department-related standing committees.
Early presentation of the Budget would mean that the entire
exercise of voting on it and the Finance Bill is sought to be
completed by March 31.
At a meeting in NITI Aayog last week, Prime Minister Narendra
Modi had said advancing the date of Budget presentation would
help in getting funds authorised for different sectors at the
start of the financial year.
As per the earlier practice, the budgetary exercise was
completed only by early May.
In September last year, ending a nearly century-long practice,
the Cabinet had decided to scrap a separate budget for the
railways and merge it with the General Budget, presentation of
which was decided to be advanced to spur spending and boost the
Meanwhile, objecting to advancing of the Budget Session,
Opposition parties on Thursday moved the Election Commission
demanding that the government be asked to defer the annual
exercise till March 8, the last day of voting in the Assembly
polls in five states.
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