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Interim budget to be tabled in Parliament on February 1

Interim budget to be tabled in Parliament on February 1

Interim Budget will be tabled on February 1, reported ANI. Citing sources, the news agency said that the Interim budget to be presented on February 1 during the budget session of the Parliament. The budget session of the Parliament will be held from January 31 to February 13.

The decision was taken in the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA)

Meanwhile, opposition parties Wednesday slammed "bypassing" of rules and procedure in extending the current winter session by a day in Rajya Sabha saying the members were neither informed nor their consent taken for the move.

Congress, TMC and AIADMK members cited rule book to criticise the extension.

Deputy Chairman Harivansh said that it may be considered his "personal lapse" and a "lapse in his understanding" in not conveying at the time of adjourning proceedings on Tuesday that the sitting of the House has been extended by a day.

He said the extension of sitting of the House was on agenda of the BAC meeting of Tuesday after a request was received from the government.

BAC minuted acceptance of the request, he said adding when he on Tuesday adjourned the proceedings of the House till 11 am on Wednesday, it was "implied" that the sitting of the House has been extended by a day.

"If it was not communicated (in so many words), please consider it owing to my personal lapse and a lapse in my understanding," he said.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Leader of the House Arun Jaitley conceded the rules provide for taking sense of the House for extending the sitting but added "We don't question the ruling of the chair."

The government on the other hand maintained that the Chairman was within his rights to extend the sitting in view of important legislations, including the one to provide 10 per cent reservation in educational institutions and government jobs to poor from upper castes, pending.

When the House met for the extended one day on Wednesday, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy (TMC) cited Rule 12 of Rajya Sabha to state that the sitting can be extended by the Chairman after making an announcement in the House and the change being published in the Rajya Sabha Bulletin.

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