NEW DELHI: Parliament’s budget session starting Friday is ready to get stormy as the opposition will attack the government over the three new agricultural laws amid continued agitation by farmers.
The session begins with the President’s address before the joint session of the two chambers on Friday morning, followed by the presentation of the Union budget on February 1st.
A total of 16 opposition parties have announced a boycott of the president’s speech in solidarity with the farmers protesting against the new agricultural laws, said senior congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday.
The 16 opposition parties have also called for an investigation into the violence on Republic Day in Delhi.
Opposition parties include Congress, the NCP, Shiv Sena, DMK, Trinamool Congress, CPI, CPI-M and RJD.
With regard to a paperless budget, all documents and the economic report would be made available online as soon as the certified copies are on the table in the house, said the Lok Sabha secretariat.
As last time, COVID-19 protocols will apply to this meeting and Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha will meet in shifts of five hours each – with the House of Lords meeting in the morning and the House of Commons meeting in the evening.
Due to the pandemic, the winter session did not take place. Question Hour is also making a comeback in this session. Due to time constraints, there was no Question Time in the previous session.
During the monsoon session, the two houses also worked on Saturdays and Sundays.
But this time Parliament will not sit on the weekend.
According to the Lok Sabha Secretariat, the business of private members, which usually take place on Friday afternoons, has also made a comeback at the budget meeting.
In the previous meeting, the business of the private members was not taken up. During this time, members propose their own bills and resolutions, which are discussed in plenary.
During the session, the government will also press for recently enacted ordinances to be turned into law.
An ordinance must be converted into law within 42 days of the start of the session, otherwise it lapses.
Recent regulations include the Air Quality Management Commission Regulation in the Capital Region and Adjacent Areas 2020, the Arbitration and Conciliation Regulation (amendment) 2020, and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Regulation (amendment), 2021.
The meeting would end on April 8th.
The chambers will adjourn on February 15 and meet again on March 8 so that the standing committees can examine the ministries’ applications for approval and prepare their reports.