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Budget Session of Parliament to be convened from 31 Jan

Budget Session of Parliament to be convened from 31 Jan

NEW DELHI, Jan 3 (PTI): The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs on Tuesday recommended holding of the Budget Session from 31 January when the government is likely to table the Economy Survey followed by the Union Budget on 1 February.

The CCPA headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh met in New Delhi and made these recommendations to President Pranab Mukherjee.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also attended the meeting.

In a first, the government has decided to present the Budget on 1 February instead of the last day of the month as part of an overhaul that would also scrap the practice of a separate railway budget. The Budget Session is normally convened in the last week of February but this year the government is looking set to convene the longest session of Parliament in the last week of January.

The Budget Session is being advanced as the government wants early allocation of funds for various schemes — from 1 April, the beginning of the financial year.

The first part of the Budget Session will run till 9 February.

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