Budget 2018 has been presented in Parliament and Budget session is going on in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha. Like the previous winter session, Budget Session has also begun on a stormy note. It has been learnt that Opposition parties have moved 324 amendments.
Budget 2018 has been presented in Parliament and Budget session is going on in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha. Like the previous winter session, Budget Session has also begun on a stormy note. It has been learnt that Opposition parties have moved 324 amendments. Opposition parties can find common ground on most of 324 amendments. Assembly elections are nearing and the Opposition parties want to attack the Modi government as much as possible.
The amendments moved by the Opposition members feature an array of issues. From failure to tackle farmer suicides to lack of job generation and the threat of self-styled cow vigilantes to inclusion of petrol and diesel under the ambit of GST. The Left members’ amendments talk about issues such as price-rise, growing unemployment, attacks on Dalits, and the agrarian crisis.
“…But regret that the Address does not take note of the fact (that the) decision of demonetisation of currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination (had) pushed the economy as well as the common people into a distressful condition,” an amendment moved by senior CPI leader D Raja. Another amendment moved by CPI(M)’s T K Rangarajan, C P Narayanan, K Somaprasad and K K Ragesh, states, “but regret that the Address does not mention about growing unemployment and the jobless growth phenomenon in the country and also the failure of the government in providing employment to the unemployed as promised earlier.”
Congress’s T Subbarami Reddy’s proposed amendment says, “but regret that the Address does not mention about formulation of a comprehensive scheme for tackling growing unemployment and to create more employment opportunities in the rural areas.” “But regret that the Address fails to mention the steps to be taken to put an end to suicides being committed unabated by the farmers of the country due to the burden of loans,” states the amendment – moved by Samajwadi Party’s Vishambhar Prasad Nishad and Sukhram Singh Yadav and Congress’s Chhaya Verma.
Yesterday the debate on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address took place in Rajya Sabha with BJP’s Amit Shah initiating the discussion. Notably, the Narendra Modi government had to experienced such situations in the Rajya Sabha in 2015 and 2016 when the Opposition managed to pass amendments to the President’s Address.