New Delhi: As the first session of Parliament’s Budget Session is coming to an end on Tuesday, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will reply in Rajya Sabha on Union Budget 2020 on Tuesday. She will address the Upper House at 4 PM on Tuesday. The second session of the budget will begin on March 2.
Meanwhile, there will also be no lunch hour in the House on the final day of the ongoing budget session, an official statement said.
The development comes after the Finance Minister on February 1 presented her second Union Budget 2020 on behalf of the NDA-2 government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In the longest Union Budget speech in history, Sitharaman talked about tax regime, finance, agriculture, irrigation, water, sanitation, healthcare, education, infrastructure, women, digital connectivity among others.
Ahead of her reply in the Rajya Sabha, Sitharaman on Sunday had said that the Union Budget has laid the foundation for increasing consumption and building assets such as in infrastructure to lead towards building a $5 trillion economy.
“I think we have laid the foundation for increasing consumption, ensuring that capex and government’s investment will go towards the building of assets, such assets as in infrastructure, which is sure to have a cascading effect, both in the short term and in the long term.
She said the NDA government has provided various windows, for directly paying to the farmers, or for improving on health, besides looking at aspirational districts and making sure that infrastructure related to health, hospitals, and so on, are created there at the block level.