First half of Finances session to finish on Feb 13

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 31

The first half of the Budget session of Parliament will end on February 13 instead of February 15 as planned earlier, after leaders of all parties reached a consensus on the issue in an all-party meeting called by Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday.

February 13 is a Saturday and both Houses will convene to wind up earlier than February 15, a Monday.

The farmers’ issue will dominate Budget session proceedings with all parties demanding a discussion on the matter amid a raging farmers’ agitation around Delhi.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said after the meeting that the government was ready to debate everything.

He said, “Any issue can be raised during the debate on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address to Parliament. The Prime Minister will reply to the debate in both Houses.”

The first half of the session until February 13 will feature two principal agendas — debate on the Motion of Thanks on the Presidential address and discussions on the Union Budget, to be presented tomorrow.

The Rajya Sabha has set aside 10 hours each for the two agendas. Earlier in a meeting of parties called by LS Speaker Om Birla, too, parties decided to wind up the first half by February 13.

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