Budget Session Likely From Jan. 31 To Feb. 13
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley carries a leather briefcase before leaving to table the budget in parliament in New Delhi, India. (Photographer: Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg)

Budget Session Likely From Jan. 31 To Feb. 13

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The Budget session of Parliament is likely to be held from Jan. 31 to Feb. 13 and the interim Budget is expected to be presented on Feb. 1, government sources said on Wednesday.

The Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs, headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, deliberated on the dates for the Budget session and the final decision will be announced after the Rajya Sabha is adjourned sine die and the committee recommends prorogation of the Winter session, sources said.

Thereafter, the recommendation will be sent to the President.

President Ram Nath Kovind is likely to address a joint sitting of the two Houses on Jan. 31 and the Economic Survey may also be tabled on the same day.

The Budget session, which usually happens in two phases, is likely to be held in a single phase as the general elections are due in April-May this year. It is expected to be the last session of the current Lok Sabha.

The Winter session of Parliament, which was supposed to end on Tuesday, was extended for a day for Rajya Sabha to table the Constitution amendment bill that provides 10 percent reservation to the “economically weaker sections” in jobs and educational institutions.

The session in the Lok Sabha was concluded on Tuesday, and it was adjourned sine die.

Also read: Reservation: Lok Sabha Passes Quota Bill In An Almost Unanimous Vote

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