Budget session resumes

March 09, 2017 10:55
Budget session resumes

After a gap from February 9, Parliament resumes today. The government is expecting a noisy session. Opposition is hell bent to disrupt the parliament on demonetisation and other issues. The result of the assembly elections may give strength and voice to the ruling group if they get benefitted.

The first part was stormed with the Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Act, 2017, that was passed by Parliament, which aimed at eliminating the possibility of a parallel economy using the demonetised Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes.

The second part of the Budget Session, will witness the passage of legislations related to Goods and Services Tax (GST). The session will continue till April 12.

The Finance Bill is also expected to be passed during the month-long session.

Congress and Trinamool Congress has given notices to raise the issue of "the government attempt to make the Aadhaar Card mandatory" for citizens to avail central schemes, which both parties see as an attempt to ignore the state's role and deal with citizens directly. This is being construed as overlooking the federal structure in the parliamentary democracy that West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has brought up several times.

In Rajya Sabha TMC's Derek O' Brien and Congress MP Jairam Ramesh has given a notice under rule 267 to take up the Aadhaar card issue. In Lok Sabha TMC's Saugata Roy will ask for discussion on the subject.

By Premji

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