The Budget session of financial year 2018-19 is scheduled to begin today at 11AM with an opening speech from President Ram Nath Kovind at the Parliament. All eyes of the nation will be on the annual economic session held by the central government, as number of stones are expected to be turned and take care of.
A day before Budget session 2018, the government on Sunday said that it would “leave no stones unturned” and that all will ensure to make a passage for the Triple Talaq Bill. The budget session will begin at 11 AM at the Parliament in New Delhi with a speech by President Ram Nath Kovind to address a joint sitting of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. This budget is taken as very significant as it will be the last full budget for India under the current tenure of Modi government as the party prepares for Lok Sabha election 2019. Hence, Budget 2018 is considered to be the last chance for government to officially woo every segment of Indian society and lock their chance in the upcoming elections.
As per earlier claims made by financial authorities like Arun Jaitley, the budget is expected to be agriculture-centric; however, the government also plans to push in several key bills, including the much-talked triple talaq Bill. Besides this, as many as 28 bills will be tabled in the Lok Sabha and 39 bills will be tabled by the Rajya Sabha for upcoming session. Long-pending bills like the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 and the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 are expected to be decided off during this session of the Lok Sabha, whereas, the core bill that Rajya Sabha will be the Triple Talaq bill that was passed by the Lok Sabha in a day, during last winter session.
During the last full-fledged budget session before Lok Sabha elections 2019 on February 1, the government will talk with various parties to seek their support in passing landmark bills to ensure that crucial issues are taken care off. The session will start today and is likely to conclude on April 6, with a total of 31 sittings spread across 68 days; including a recess from February 9 to March 5 when the parliament will be adjourned. Claims and promises are high, hopes are high and all political parties – including the Opposition are high too; so let’s see what cooks up in the Budget Session 2018.