Budget session of Parliament begins: PM urges support

SansadTV Bureau

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo-PTI

The budget session of Parliament started today with the presidential address by President Pranab Mukherjee in the central hall.

During his address members of both the houses of parliament were present along with Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammad Hamid Ansari.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged all political parties to cooperate with government in the smooth functioning of parliament.

“Entire world is keenly watching us. This budget is crucial for citizens as we present both Railway and General Budget, ” said the Prime Minister.

Speaking to media in the parliament Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said Government is willing to discuss each and every issue. All the parties have promised us of a fruitful parliamentary session.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that congress has concerns over JNU, Hyd University issues and the party wants discussion on the issues.

On February 22, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had called an all party meets to put forth governments agenda in the budget session.

These meetings were attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Leader of the Opposition in Rajysabha Gulam Nabi Azad, Jyotiraditya Sindhia and members from other political parties.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister told the members that government is bringing total 32 items of business in the budget session.

“GST & Real Estate are two key reform bills which we need to pass”, said Venkaiah Naidu on Monday.

He also said that government is willing to discuss Rohith Vemula issue and Jat reservation in the budget session.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present his government’s third annual budget on February 29.

The Railway budget will be presented on February 25 and the Economic Survey for the coming year will take place on the next day, February 26.