Source: News Bharati English08 Jan 2017 09:12:43

New Delhi, January 8: The budget session of Parliament will start on 31st of the month according to a schedule prepared by central Government. Lok Sabha secretariat on Saturday in a press release said that the President will address a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament in the Central Hall at 11 AM on the first day of the session.
Subject to exigencies of government business, the session is likely to conclude on the 12th of April. Rajya Sabha secretariat has also issued a similar notification saying President Pranab Mukherjee has summoned the Rajya Sabha to meet on 31st of January.

Notably, the two houses will have a month-long recess from 10th February to 8th March to enable the Standing Committees to consider the Demands for Grants of Ministries and Departments and prepare their Reports.

The announcement comes even as opposition parties have raised objections to the presentation of the budget on 1st of February before Assembly polls in five states. They had filed a petition to the election commission and claimed that it will influence the voters in poll-bound states.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission has also sought the Centre's response to the objection of opposition and asked Cabinet Secretary to respond by 10th of this month.