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Govt calls all-party meet ahead of Budget session

Govt calls all-party meet ahead of Budget session
Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has called for an all-party meeting for consultations on the Budget Session of Parliament beginning on February 23 will continue till May 8.

The objective of the meeting will be to discuss the financial, legislative and other business activities, which should to taken up in both houses of Parliament during the session. The Budget session will be held in two phases. The first phase will be from February 23 till March 20, 2015 and the second phase from April 20 to  May 8.

There will be 20 working days during the first phase and 13 in the second phase. During the intervening recess, the Standing Committees will take up detailed examination of the Demands for grants of different ministries and departments.

President Pranab Mukherjee will address the joint sitting of both Houses in the Central Hall of Parliament. As per government notification, it has proposed presentation of the Railway Budget on February 26, Economic Survey on February 27 and General Budget on February 28.

The 44-item agenda of the Government proposed for the Budget session comprises financial, legislative and non-legislative business. Financial business includes presentation of and discussion on General and Railway Budgets for 2015-16, discussion and voting on Demands for Grants, both General and Railway Budgets for 2015-16, Supplementary Demands for Grants for 2014-15 and Excess demands, if any for 2013-14.

The legislative agenda comprises of introduction, consideration and passing of seven new Bills by both the houses including The Finance Bill, 2015 and Bills replacing six ordinances, consideration and passing of three Bills pending in Lok Sabha and seven in the Rajya Sabha and introduction of ten new Bills.
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