CCPA proposes a short 10 day budget session from January 31

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday a proposed a short 10-day budget session of Parliament from January 31.

CCPA proposes a short 10 day budget session from January 31

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday a proposed a short 10-day budget session of Parliament from January 31.

As per the practice inherited from the Colonial era, the annual Budget was presented each year on the last working day of February by the Finance Minister in Parliament.

Only the first part of part session from January 31 to February 10 has been proposed. The second half of session will be decided only after the dates for the Assembly elections in five states, including the most crucial Uttar Pradesh are announced by the Election Commission.


Sources say that even the second half of the session may also be short, but not as short as the first half that will have just eight sittings, including the first day limited to the President’s address to the joint sitting of the two Houses.

The session has been advanced to pass the budget ahead of the new financial year of 2017-18 that begins on April 1 instead of the practice so far to pass an appropriation bill for the first four months.

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA), which met on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Home Minister Rajnath Singh and sent its recommendation to President Pranab Mukherjee to summon the budget session, decided to have only limited sittings since the MPs of five states — Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur — will get busy with the Assembly elections.

The meeting asked Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar to draw up a packed schedule as Parliament will have just six days to pass a motion of thanks to the President and finish the first reading of the budget before it goes to the standing committees for department-wise consideration of the demands during the recess before the second half of the session.

The Election Commission on Wednesday said that it will examine budget dates proposed by the government.