Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi said on Friday that the budget session of Parliament, the longest in a calendar year, will begin from January 31 with President Draupadi Murmu’s address to the joint session of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
The session will have 27 sittings and will continue till April 6 with a one-month break for scrutiny of budget papers.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Union Budget in the Lok Sabha on February 1 at 11 am. Joshi said that the first part of the budget session will end on February 14.
He added that Parliament will reconvene on March 12 for the second part of the session.
Joshi tweeted, “Looking forward to discussing the motion of thanks on the President’s address, Union Budget and other items between the Amrit call.”
In the budget session, President Murmu will address the joint session of both houses. She was elected to the country’s highest office in July last year.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, all House sessions have ended prematurely amid disruptions or alleged lack of business.
In the last winter session, both houses were adjourned four days ahead of schedule amid demands from opposition leaders citing Christmas and the festive season. The session limited government business and introduced only seven of the 16 non-financial bills that were on the government’s agenda.
Although the government has not indicated any work for the first half of the budget session, the period is likely to be almost entirely focused on the President’s speech, the budget and the discussions on both.
The Economic Survey will be presented on January 31 when the House meets after the President’s speech.
On February 2, a day after the presentation of the general budget, both houses will debate the motion of thanks on the President’s speech. The debate will end with the Prime Minister’s answer.
Debate on the budget is also scheduled for the first half of the session.
According to government officials, one or two bills may be introduced in the first half of the session.