Budget 2014: 28 sittings and 168 working hours

PTI Posted online: Sunday, Jul 06, 2014 at 0000 hrs
New Delhi : Ahead of the over month-long budget session of Parliament beginning tomorrow, Government is reaching out to all political parties to have a smooth session.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.