Proceedings of both houses of Parliament adjourned till March 14, first phase of budget session completed

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New Delhi : The proceedings of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned on Friday till March 14, thus completing the first phase of the budget session in both the houses. The next sitting of the Loksabha will now begin at 4 pm on March 14 and the next sitting of the Upper House will begin at 10 am on the same day. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla thanked the members for the smooth functioning of the House and said that during this period the work productivity was 121 percent. Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh also expressed happiness on behalf of Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and on his own behalf over the manner in which the Upper House was functioning in the first phase of the budget session. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, while referring to the business in the first phase of the budget session, said on Friday, “Instead of the allotted 12 hours for discussion on the President’s address in the House, discussion was held for 15 hours 13 minutes in which 60 members participated. took. 60 other members laid their written speeches on the Table.’

Higher work productivity of 121%He said that similarly, instead of 12 hours allotted for general discussion on the General Budget, a total discussion of 15 hours 33 minutes took place in which 81 members participated and 63 other members laid their written speeches on the Table of the House. Underlining the active participation and positive cooperation of all the members in the first phase of the budget session, Birla said, ‘Despite the challenges of corona infection, the MPs fulfilled their constitutional obligations with commitment by working till late night in the House. Achieving higher work productivity of 121 percent. He said that during this time all the members gave their positive cooperation in running the House and there was extensive discussion and dialogue on all the subjects. Birla told the members, ‘This tradition strengthens our democracy. Our parliamentary system is also strengthened by such rich dialogue. The trust and confidence of the citizens of the country also increases in democratic institutions. For this I thank all of you honorable members.

The house was not adjourned even once due to noiseHe also said, ‘I hope that your positive cooperation will continue to be like this in future.’ In Rajya Sabha, Deputy Chairman Harivansh said that not even once did the House have to be adjourned due to compulsion (of disturbance and noise). He said that in the first phase of the budget session, the Upper House worked for half an hour more than the scheduled time. Harivansh said that the credit for this goes to every member of the House. He said that due to this the members could participate in the discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address. He said that in the first phase of the budget session, 51 starred questions were asked in the House, while 50 issues were raised through special mention and 71 issues of public importance were raised during Zero Hour. The Deputy Chairman congratulated all the sections of the House for functioning with a positive spirit and expressed hope that the House would continue to function in this spirit in future also.

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Budget session started on 31st JanuaryIt is noteworthy that the budget session of Parliament began on 31 January with the President’s address to the joint sitting of both the houses. The Economic Review was tabled in both the houses on the same day. On February 1, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget for the financial year 2022-23. From February 2, first the President’s Address and then the General Budget were discussed in both the houses. Prime Minister Narendra Modi replied to the discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address in the Lok Sabha on February 7 and in the Rajya Sabha on February 8. At the same time, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman answered the discussion on the budget in the Lok Sabha on Thursday and in the Rajya Sabha on Friday. The second phase of the budget session is scheduled to run from March 14 to April 8, in which other bills can be taken up along with passing the Demands for Grants, Appropriation Bill and Finance Bill.

[Attribution to NBT]

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