Budget to be presented on Feb 1; session from Jan 31

Union Budget to be presented on February 1; Budget Session to begin on January 31

The first part of the session would conclude on February 11

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The Budget Session of Parliament will start on January 31 with the customary Presidential Address, followed by Budget on February 1.

The session, which will be conducted in two phases amid the third wave of Covid-19, will conclude on April 8. 

The President gave his assent to summon the Budget Session following a recommendation from the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs. The Economic Survey is likely to be tabled on January 31 after the President's address.

The first phase of the session, which will coincide with the elections to five states, will conclude on February 11 and during the one month-long recess, Parliamentary Standing Committees will study the Demands of Grant by various ministries.

The second phase of Budget Session will start on March 14, four days after the counting of votes to five states, and continue till April 8.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu have already asked Secretaries General of both the Houses to study the arrangements for sitting against the backdrop of a surge in Covid-19 cases during the third wave of the pandemic.

Birla also inspected the facilities in the Parliament House complex, as around 400 Parliament staff tested positive for the virus infection last week.

Sources said all MPs will have to carry a negative RT-PCR report and a fully vaccinated certificate. A decision on whether the two Houses will sit simultaneously or in separate shifts like the Budget Session of 2021 will be taken soon.

The 2020 Monsoon Session was the first session held under Covid-19 protocol with Rajya sabha meeting in the first half of the day and Lok Sabha during second half. This was followed for the first part of the Budget Session 2021.

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