The Budget Session of Parliament is likely to begin on January 29 and the Union Budget will be presented on February 1. The more than two-month-long session with a recess of 20 days is expected to be held along with a number of precautions and curbs in view of Covid-19, sources said.
Although the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA), which met on Tuesday, decided to hold the first part of the session from January 29 to February 15, to be followed by another month-long session from March 8, a final announcement is expected in two days, sources added. The government is expected to reach out to opposition leaders before the announcement. However, the budget will have to be presented on February 1, they added.
Although the budget session is meant to be business heavy, it is unlikely to be a smooth affair for the government as the opposition is gearing up to bring up a number of issues, the farmers’ protest being the most prominent among them. The government is expected to face an aggressive opposition on issues like the economic slowdown and handling of Covid 19 pandemic.
All precautions that were in place for the Monsoon Session — which was held in September but cut short by seven days as many MPs tested positive for Covid — will continue, officials in the Lok Sabha secretariat said.
During the Monsoon Session, Rajya Sabha met for four hours in the morning while Lok Sabha sat for the second half, with both chambers and visitors’ galleries being used for members to sit with physical distancing.
The winter session, which is usually held in November-December, was cancelled citing the rising Covid cases.