New Delhi, Jan 29: The Budget Session of Parliament will begin on Monday with President Ram Nath Kovind addressing the joint sitting of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha members of Parliament. The President is expected to outline the Union government’s efforts to bring development to the people of the country. Later in the day, the government will also table the Economic Survey 2018 in both Houses.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will table the Union Budget on February 1– this will be his last full-fledged budget before the general elections. Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian announced a webpage dedicated to the economic survey. It is expected that the economic survey will put spotlight on the rural economy and agriculture. This will be an indication of the government’s push for rural development and agriculture sector ahead of 2019 general elections.
Apart from the economic survey and the Union budget, the budget session is likely to witness several important legislative businesses. The Muslim Women’s (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 (triple talaq bill), the Codes of Wages Bill, 2017, Rights of Children to Free and Compulsory Education, 2017 are among the important bills that will be taken up in Parliament.
In total, 28 bills have been listed for the Lok Sabha, while 39 bills are listed for the Rajya Sabha in Budget session. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 and the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, will be discussed in Lok Sabha. The Triple Talaq bill will be taken up for discussion and passage in Rajya Sabha.
The government on Sunday said that it would “leave no stone unturned” to ensure that the recently introduced triple talaq bill is passed in the Budget session. An all-party meeting was organised which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Ananth Kumar, as well as leaders of the Opposition.
“We will leave no stone unturned for the passage of the triple talaq bill in the Rajya Sabha… We will approach various political parties to evolve a consensus for its passage. Like GST was passed by consensus, this bill seeking to ban the practice of instant triple talaq (Talaq-e-Biddat) among Muslims will be passed,” Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar said.