Lok Sabha: Updates on the second budget session
With the decline in Covid-19 cases in the country, the RajyaSabha and Lok Sabha are set to resume the sitting for the budget session. However, the two houses will continue with the restriction, following the Covid-19 protocol. Social distancing norms the seating arrangement will be followed by both the houses. As per sitting arrangement, Rajya Sabha will have 237 members with 8 vacancies out of 245MPs, it will have 139 MPs sitting in the chamber and the rest 98 will be accommodated in the gallery and the Lok Sabha 538 members are there out of which 282 including the Prime Minister will sit in the chamber and the rest will sit in the galleries. Following the official guidelines, only sitting members of both the houses can visit the Central Hall.
The first session began on January 31, which was addressed President Ram Nath Kovind to both the houses of Parliament. The conclusion of the first part was ‘’ Lok Sabha will meet again on March 14’’ said Speaker Om Birla. The first part of the budget concluded on February 11.
Second Session: On Monday the Lok Sabha’s second session begins. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is all set to present the budget for Jammu and Kashmir. The budget for Rs. 1.42 lakh crore has been presented for Jammu and Kashmir. Supplementary Demands for the Union territory for the year 2021-22 was Rs. 18,860.32 crores seeking suspension to certain rules to allow the House to take up the discussion. However, MP Manish Tewari objected to the demand, stating that adequate time is needed for studying the proposal by the Opposition.
The government has also sought approval from Parliament to spend an extra Rs. 1.07 Lakh crore in the current fiscal. In the Lok Sabha, the demand for grants tabled has been sought for gross additional expenditure of over Rs.1.58 Lakh crore. The proposal involving net cash outgo aggregate to over Rs. 1.07 Lakh crore and gross additional expenditure matches by Rs. 50,946 crore aggregates.
The third thing which has been mentioned in the Parliament was that the Tribal Minister Arjun Munda is also expected to table the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill for inclusion of other certain communities of STs about the State of Tripura. The Bill concerning communities in Jharkhand will be moved by him in the Upper House.
The second session will conclude on 8th April.