Budget session extended by a day till Feb 10: Speaker

This extension allows for the completion of "important government business", including discussions on the Finance Bill, budget, and demands for grants

Soon after the Question Hour ended, Birla (pictured) informed the House that Pralhad Joshi has proposed that the session be extended by one day.  (photo: National Herald archives)
Soon after the Question Hour ended, Birla (pictured) informed the House that Pralhad Joshi has proposed that the session be extended by one day. (photo: National Herald archives)
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The Budget session of Parliament has been extended by a day till February 10, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla announced in the House on Wednesday.

The session, which began on January 31, was otherwise slated to end on February 9.

Soon after the Question Hour ended, Birla informed the House that Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi has proposed that the session be extended by one day till February 10, Saturday to dispose "important government business".

He took the sense of the House and the members agreed.

A similar exercise of seeking sense of the House could be taken up in the Rajya Sabha too.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Joshi had said on Tuesday that the session is being extended by a day till February 10. He, however, refused to elaborate the agenda.

With the agenda items like the Finance Bill, budget discussion and demand for grants yet to be taken up by Parliament and the 'white paper' also to be tabled, sources had said it was considered necessary to extend the session's duration by a day.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the 'white paper' and table it in both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.

Parliament usually does not function on weekends but there have been instances in the past when the Houses have met on Saturdays.

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Published: 07 Feb 2024, 3:02 PM
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