Winter Session of Parliament to begin from November 16

RSTV Bureau

PM-Modi-winter-sessionWinter session of Parliament will be held from November 16 to December 16 this year. The decision was taken after Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs meet on Thursday evening.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired the meeting attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar.

“The CCPA meeting has been convened to decide the date for the commencement of the winter session,” said a source.

The Session of Parliament is likely to be preponed to start from the second week of November and a call in this regard is set to be taken in a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) on Thursday.

The Winter Session is normally convened in the third or fourth week of November but this year the government is looking at starting the month-long session immediately after the end of festive season.

An early session would help the Central GST (CGST) and Integrated GST (IGST) legislations, which will pave way for the Goods and Services Tax (GST), to be approved within November or latest by early December.

The government is also considering advancing the Budget Session by a month or so starting from January next year.