Agencies, New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday exhorted all political parties to collectively strive to create a constructive atmosphere in Budget Session to achieve national good.
Addressing floor leaders of parties in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha at an all party meeting, ahead of the Budget Session of Parliament beginning on Monday, the PM said that Government gives huge importance to the issues raised by all political parties.
The PM encouraged all political parties to prevent tokenism in different Standing Committees of the Parliament and play a more constructive role to give concrete solutions to issues of national importance brought before the Committees.
The Prime Minister urged all the leaders present to develop the Committee system of Parliament as a role model of Participative Democracy that may be adopted across State Legislatures in India.
Talking to reporters after the all party meeting, attended by Union Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh, Union Minister for Finance Arun Jaitley, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Statistics & Programme Implementation Vijay Goel, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources, River development and Ganga Rejuvenation Arjun Ram Meghwal, along with other Ministers, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said, ‘’during the discussion at the all party meeting, the Prime Minister ‘ said the budget session is very important.
He said that the government takes very sincerely the suggestions given to it by the opposition.’’
At the meeting, representatives of the government and the opposition discussed the issues and proposed legislations which would come up.
He expressed the hope that the Triple Talaq Bill, which has already been passed in the Lok Sabha, would also be passed in Rajya Sabha. ‘’We hope the Triple Talaq Bill is passed in the Rajya Sabha too. My colleagues and I will leave no stone unturned in talking to and convincing the political parties. The way they have passed GST unanimously, we request them to pass this too unanimously,’’ Mr Kumar said.
A host of issues were brought up by the leaders of parties during the meeting. There was a consensus across party lines on ensuring smooth functioning of the Parliament without disruptions and deadlocks to be resolved through constructive discussions in both the Houses.
Mr Kumar said that the Government has requested all parties, especially the opposition, for their co-operation for the smooth functioning of the House. The Minister informed that all parties were in favour of a productive Budget session.
‘’The Government is always ready to discuss on the floor of the House, any issue as permitted under Rules of Procedure, ‘’ he added.
He further informed that the Budget Session 2018 of Parliament is scheduled to be held from Monday and subject to exigencies of Government Business, the Session may conclude on April 6, 2018.
During this period, both Houses of Parliament will be adjourned for recess on February 9, 2018 to reassemble on March 5, 2018 to enable the Standing Committees to examine the Demands of Grants of various Ministries/ Departments and make their reports thereon.
The Minister said that the Session will provide a total of 31 sittings (8 sittings in First part and 23 sittings in the Second part) spread over a period of 68 days.
The Session will mainly be devoted to Financial Business relating to Union Budget for 2018-19 and discussion on the Motion of Thanks on President’s address. However, essential Legislative and other Business will also be taken up during the Session, Mr Kumar informed.
Further, the Minister added that the Economic Survey of India will be presented to Parliament on Monday and the Union Budget for 2018-19 will be presented to Lok Sabha on Thursday (February 1).