President Ram Nath Kovind to Address Parliament Ahead of Stormy Budget Session: Highlights | India News
Following a long tradition, the budget session begins with the president’s speech to Parliament. President Ram Nath Kovind’s speech will be followed by the Economic Study.
NEW DELHI: This year’s budget session begins Friday with the president’s speech, which will be followed by the presentation of the economic survey. The budget of the Union will be presented by the Minister of Finance, Nirmala Sitharaman, on February 1.
Both houses will also debate on the motion of thanks to the speech of the President after the presentation of the budget. The session will take place in two parts: from January 29 to February 15 and from March 8 to April 8. The session will have a total of 33 sessions.
It is after almost six months that Parliament will be convened, as the winter session could not be held due to the Covid pandemic.
The opposition boycotts the president’s speech on farm laws
The crucial budget session is set for a stormy start with up to 18 opposition parties announcing their decision to boycott the president’s speech in solidarity with farmers agitating against the three controversial farm laws.
The session is likely to also witness bitter scenes, with the opposition poised to corner the government on issues such as the recession, job losses, handling the Covid crisis, LAC’s clash with China, and chat leaks. of WhatsApp of Arnab Goswami.
A total of 18 opposition parties have announced to boycott the president’s speech. There are more than 20 opposition parties in Parliament.
The parties boycotting the speech are Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, National Conference, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Trinamool Congress, Shiv Sena, Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Communist Party of India (Marxist), ICC, Muslim League of the Indian Union, RSP, Peoples’ Democratic Party, MDMK, Kerala Congress (M) and All India United Democratic Front.
The Shiromani Akali Dal Party and Aam Aadmi also separately announced their decision to boycott the leadership.
The speaker calls for a meeting of all
To seek the cooperation of various parties for the smooth running of the budget session, Lok Sabha chairman Om Birla called a meeting of all political parties on Friday that Prime Minister Modi is expected to attend.
With the session starting just days after the national capital witnessed unprecedented violence on Republic Day during the peasant tractor parade, the issue is expected to resonate in Parliament.
Joshi has called on all parties to reconsider their decision to boycott, saying the president is above party politics.
He also claimed that the BJP never boycotted the president’s speech when he was in the opposition, and said that issues raised by opposition parties can be raised during the debate on the thank-you motion.
Sixteen oppositeIions Parties publish a joint statement in Rajya Sabha
“The Prime Minister and the BJP government remain arrogant, inflexible and undemocratic in their response. Shocked by this callousness of the government, the opposition political parties, reaffirming the collective demand for the repeal of the anti-peasant laws and in solidarity with Indian farmers, have decided to boycott the president’s speech … “said a joint statement issued by 16 parties on Thursday.
The statement was released by the leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Azad alleged that the Opposition is against the way the three bills were passed in Parliament after the rules and regulations were “thrown in the trash”.
The parties have alleged that the agrarian bills were presented without any consultation with the states and farmers’ unions and lacked national consensus.
With a view to having a paperless Budget, all documents and the Economic Survey will be available online shortly after the authenticated copies are placed on the House Table, the Lok Sabha Secretariat said.
Covid protocols implemented
This session will take place according to Covid-19 protocols, with Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha meeting in shifts of five hours each, with the upper house meeting from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the lower house at night from 3 PM to 8 PM.
This is also the first time that the members of both houses will sit in three different places: chambers of both houses and the Central Hall.
The time for questions has returned
Question Time, which could not take place during the Monsoon session, has also returned to this session. The Monsoon session also saw the two Houses working on Saturdays and Sundays. But this time, Parliament will not meet on weekends.
The private members’ business will be part of the budget session
Private members’ business, which usually takes place on Friday afternoons, will also be part of the budget session, according to the Lok Sabha secretariat. In the previous session, the Individuals business was not resumed.
Government to promote ordinances
During the session, the government will also push to convert recently issued ordinances into law. An ordinance must become law within 42 days after the session starts, otherwise it expires.
The recently issued ordinances include the 2020 Ordinance of the Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region and Adjacent Areas, the Arbitration and Conciliation Ordinance (Amendment), 2020 and the Reorganization Ordinance (Amendment) of Jammu and Kashmir, 2021.
(With PTI inputs)