Meeting of Government with Leaders of Political Parties held today
38 Leaders of 26 Parties including BJP Ministers Participated
New Delhi : A meeting of the government with leaders of all parties was held here today, in a virtual mode, on the first day of the Budget session of Parliament. In his opening address, Union Minister for Parliamentary affairs, Shri Pralhad Joshi made a request on behalf of the government that the Session run smoothly.
He informed the leaders that the Session will provide a total of 29 sittings (10 sittings in first part and 19 sittings in second part) spread over a period of 68 days. Addressing the media, Shri Joshi said that representatives of all parties have agreed to cooperate with the government on the smooth functioning of the Parliament.
He said, members should participate in the debates on President’s address and on the Union Budget, adding that other issues can be discussed later in the second phase of the session beginning from March 14.
The debate on the President’s address and on the Union Budget will be held for 12 hours each in Lok Sabha. However, he said, the duration of debate that would take place in Rajya Sabha will be decided after the Business Advisory Committee meeting of Rajya Sabha.
On the opposition demand to hold a debate on Pegasus snooping issue, he said the matter is subjudice as the case is in Supreme Court.The Minister stated that the Budget Session, 2022 of Parliament commenced today, the 31st of January, 2022 and subject to exigencies of Government Business, the Session may conclude on Friday, the 8th of April, 2022.
He added that both Houses of Parliament will be adjourned for recess on Friday, the 11th of February, 2022 to reassemble on Monday, the 14th of March, 2022 to enable the Standing Committees to examine the Demands for Grants of various Ministries/ Departments and make their Reports thereon.
He added that the Session will mainly be devoted to the Financial Business relating to the Union Budget for 2022-23 and on discussion on the Motion of Thanks on President’s Address.
He also said that the Union Budget for 2022-23 will be presented to Lok Sabha on Tuesday, the 1st February 2022 at 11.00 A.M. In the ensuing Budget Session tentatively 20* items have been identified for being taken up during the Budget Session, 2022, which includes 14 Bills and 6 Financial Items.
Addressing the meeting, after listening to points raised by the leaders of all parties attending, Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Minister for Defence, expressed his gratitude for the healthy discussion held in the meeting. He stated that there was a consensus that House not be stalled.
Responding to the points made by leaders of parties attending, he said they could identify issues on which they would want discussions to be held. The all party meeting was convened by the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi ahead of the tabling of Union Budget tomorrow.
Senior BJP leader and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also participated in the meeting. Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, and Textiles and Shri Pralhad Joshi, Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal & Mines participated in the meeting.
Ministers of State of Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sh. Arjun Ram Meghwal and Sh. V. Muraleedharan also attended the meeting.
Parties which were present in the meeting, besides the BJP, were INC, AITC, DMK, YSRCP, SS, BJD, JD(U), BSP, TRS, LJSP, NCP, CPI(M), IUML, TDP, APNA DAL, CPI, AAP, AIADMK, KC(M), RSP, RPI(A), RJD, NPP, VCK & AGP.
LIST OF BILLS LIKELY TO BE TAKEN UP DURING THE BUDGET SESSION, 2022:
I – LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
The Warehousing (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2022
The Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2022
The Cantonment Bill, 2022
The Indian Antarctica Bill, 2022
The Emigration Bill, 2022
The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2022
The National Dental Commission Bill, 2022
The Identification of Prisoners Bill, 2022
The Metro Rail (Construction, Operation and Maintenance) Bill, 2022
The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2022
The Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill, 2022
The Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bills, 2022 relating to UP
The Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bills, 2022 relating to Jharkhand
The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bills, 2022 relating to Tripura
II – FINANCIAL BUSINESS
The Finance Bill, 2022
Discussion and Voting on Supplementary Demands for Grants for the 2021-22 and introduction, consideration and passing of the related Appropriation Bill.
Discussion and Voting on Excess Demands for Grants for the year 2018-19 and introduction, consideration and passing of the related Appropriation Bill.
Discussion and Voting on Demands for Grants for 2022-23 and introduction, consideration and passing of the related Appropriation Bill.
Discussion and Voting on Supplementary Demands for Grants of Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir for the financial year 2021-22 and introduction, consideration and passing of the related Appropriation Bill.
Discussion and Voting on Demands for Grants of Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir for the financial year 2022-23 and introduction, consideration and passing of the related Appropriation Bill.
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