Pranab to reply to debate on Budget on July 14

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will reply to the debate on the General Budget in the Lok Sabha ...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:July 11, 2009 4:37 am

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will reply to the debate on the General Budget in the Lok Sabha on July 14.

Announcing this on Friday,Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Pawan Kumar Bansal said another important item listed in the Lok Sabha business for July 14 was the extension of the President’s rule in Jharkhand. The BJP has already decided to oppose the move to press its demand for fresh Assembly elections in the state. The House will also vote on the Jharkhand Budget the same day.

The demands of grants of five ministries — Defence,Home,Human Resource Development,Power and Agriculture and Consumer Affairs —will be discussed in the Lok Sabha. The Rajya Sabha will discuss demands for grants of Ministries of Health and Family Welfare,Social Justice and Empowerment,Road Transport and Highways and Environment and Forests.

The Upper House will discuss the Budget from July 13 to 15. The Appropriation Bill will go to the Rajya Sabha on July 27.

The financial business would be completed by July 29,Bansal declared.

When asked about the constitution of standing committees of Parliament,Bansal said these would be put in place by the end of the session. The Congress will get the chairman of six of the 16 committees headed by Lok Sabha members,Trinamool and DMK,will get one each. The BJP will get four. The SP,BSP,JD(U) and Left parties will get one each.

2 months for blueprint on judicial reforms: Moily

Advocating a national consensus on the issue of judicial reforms,Law Minister M Veerappa Moily said here on Thursday that it will take the government two months to come out with a blueprint for judicial reforms.

Moily,who was responding to supplementaries from Congress member Vilas Muttemwar,JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and other members,said the wait for judicial reforms had been very long and “agonising”. The reforms must reflect the spirit of the Constitution,he added.

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