After a near-washout Winter Session, the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs which met today to finalise the date for the forthcoming Budget Session of Parliament, has fixed the date for January 31, say reports. The government has yet to confirm the date.
Almost no business was conducted in either House during the Winter Session with the Opposition staging protests over demonetisation almost every day resulting in constant disruptions in Parliament.
The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2014, which was introduced in Rajya Sabha in 2014, was the only bill cleared by both Houses.
This year’s budget session will be the first after the merger of Railway Budget and the Union Budget. The 92-year-old practice of presenting a separate Rail Budget is going to end from the this fiscal, with the Finance Ministry accepting Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s proposal to merge it with the General Budget.