Pranab to present budget on March 16

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will present the budget for 2012-13 on March 16, the government announced Tuesday.

Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi will present his budget March 14 and the economic survey will be tabled in parliament March 15, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said.

Bansal was speaking to reporters after the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs chaired by Mukherjee here. The parliament session will start March 12 with President Pratibha Patil's address to a joint sitting of the two houses, Bansal said.

The budget session, which generally starts in the third week of February, had to be delayed due to the ongoing assembly elections in five states, including Uttar Pradesh. The model code of conduct, which prevents the government from announcing policy decisions or sops that would influence voters, is in force till the election process is completed March 9.

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