New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday met floor leaders of various parties in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha ahead of the Budget Session of Parliament beginning Monday.
The PM called on leaders of all political parties in Parliament to work cohesively with the government in running the House smoothly and to collectively address issues related to the welfare of people.
“We are for the people and we cannot win hearts by disrupting the functioning of the Parliament. All parties must keep political differences aside and commit themselves to tirelessly work in the direction of Nation’s progress,” said Modi.
Briefing the media persons after the meeting, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines, Pralhad Joshi said that Government has requested all parties, especially the opposition, for their co-operation for the smooth functioning of both Houses of Parliament.
Explaining the details of the ensuing budget session, Joshi informed that the first session of 17th Lok Sabha will commence on Monday while 249th session of Rajya Sabha on June 20.
Subject to exigencies of Government Business, the Session may conclude on July 26 (Friday).
The Minister said that the session will provide 30 sittings spread over 40 days in Lok Sabha and 27 sittings spread over 37 days sittings in the Rajya Sabha.
The Session will mainly be devoted to Oath taking, Election of Speaker, the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address, Financial Business relating to Union Budget for 2019-20. However, time will also be provided for the transaction of essential Legislative and Non-Legislative business during the Session.
The Economic Survey of India will be presented to Parliament on July 4 while Union Budget for 2019- 20 will be presented in Lok Sabha on July 5.
Ten Ordinances have been promulgated during the inter-session which has to be replaced by Acts of Parliament as they shall cease to operate at the expiration of six weeks from the reassembly of Parliament i.e. by August 1, 2019.
At least 46 Bills have lapsed on dissolution of 16th LokSabha which were various stages in both the Houses. Some of these important Bills are likely to be revived and brought before Parliament.
The all-party meeting was attended by Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Arjun Ram Meghwal and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and External Affairs V Muraleedharan, along with other leaders.