Parliament to reconvene on March 5

Parliament to reconvene on March 5

Both Houses of Parliament on Friday adjourned for a three-week recess amid protests by Andhra Pradesh members over the alleged raw deal handed out to the state in the Union Budget.

Parliament will reconvene on March 5 after its standing committees examine the budgetary proposals for different government departments in the Budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 1.

The first part of the Budget Session had seven sittings of the Lok Sabha and eight sittings of the Rajya Sabha. The second part of the session would be from March 5 to April 6.

According to the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry, the Lok Sabha transacted business for 134.61% of the time allocated by sitting late for three days. The productivity of the Rajya Sabha was 96.31%.

However, the Question Hour in both the Houses functioned only for 48% and 39% of the scheduled time in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha respectively.

No government legislative business was taken up during the first half of the Budget Session.

President Ram Nath Kovind addressed a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament on January 29 and the Union Budget was presented on February 1.

The remaining part of the session saw the discussion on the motion of thanks on the President's address and general discussion on the Budget.

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