New Delhi, January 9
The Budget session of Parliament will commence from January 31 and the Union Budget will be presented on February 1. President Pranab Mukherjee has summoned both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha to meet on January 31, an official notification said.
While the session will begin with the President address to the joint sitting of the two Houses, the same day the pre- budget economic survey will be tabled. The session will conclude on April 12 as per the present government affairs, Lok Sabha Secretariat said in a statement.
It was known that the government has scraped the practice of separate Railway budget.
The Opposition parties have raised objections to the presentation of the budget on February 1 before Assembly polls in five states on the ground that it will tilt the balance in government’s favour because it can woo voters with sops.
They have petitioned the Election Commission, which has asked the Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha to give the government’s response. Chief Electoral Officer Nasim Zaidi wrote a letter to Central cabinet secretary PK Sinha in this regard.
Sinha is likely to consult Parliamentary Affairs ministry before submitting his opinion on the Central government’s decision to prepone the budget presentation from February 1.
Congress, Trinamool Congress, BSP, Samajwadi Party and other opposition parties wrote a letter to Election Commission seeking postponement of budget presentation to March 8 till the voting process completes in the five states. This letter was redirected to cabinet secretary and sought its response before January 10.
According to official sources, the government is firm on presenting budget on February 1 and also it said, as per rules also there was nothing wrong in preponing the budget session, which will normally conducted in February third week.
The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs had recommended that the Budget session will commence on January 31 and the Union Budget will be presented on February 1.