Ahead of the over month-long Budget Session of Parliament beginning on Monday, government is reaching out to all political parties to have a smooth session. Amidst signals that the issue of price rise could generate heat, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has convened a meeting of leaders of political parties in both Houses tomorrow morning before the commencement of the budget session.
Naidu has maintained that the government is ready for a discussion on any issue and has appealed to the Opposition to “cooperate” to ensure that the decorum and dignity of Parliament is maintained.
He has reaffirmed that government wants to take everyone along. He has also said that government is not averse to taking up discussion on any issue if it is approved by the Chair.
Opposition parties have a number of issues to target the government, including the recent controversy over the government rejecting the name of former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium for appointment as a judge of the apex court, the rape case controversy surrounding Union minister Nihalchand and rising incidents of atrocities against women in the country.
A highlight of the proceedings on the opening day is expected to be a statement from External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in both Houses of Parliament on the situation of Indians in Iraq.
While presentation of the Railway Budget is scheduled for July 8, the economic survey will be released the next day and Union Budget 2014-2015 will be presented on July 10.
The issue of the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha could see a confrontation between the government and the Congress during the session if the post is denied to the main Opposition party, which has secured just 44 seats in the 543-member House.
Leaders of various parties want issues of price rise, rail hike and federal structure to be discussed during the session, which concludes on August 14.
The session will have 28 sittings and 168 working hours. Since the Standing Committees for various ministries are yet to be constituted, the demands for grants for various ministries will be passed by both Houses by July 31 after discussion in Parliament instead of the committees.
Lok Sabha proceedings this session will also have a new feature wherein a visual of the members speaking will be shown on a screen to enable all members and even those sitting on the front benches to see those speaking from the rear benches.
Government also intends to bring bills to replace the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014, and a bill to replace the Ordinance with respect to the Polavaram project under Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014.
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The least number of women candidates have been fielded by the Congress which has given tickets to just five women contestants.