The 2017 Budget Session
of Parliament gets underway today. The President’s Address to the
Parliament, Budget and detailed discussion on several issues will take
place during the Session.
In the recent past, there has been discussions with all the Political
Parties individually and collectively. It is imperative to ensure that
this Session should be utilised for a constructive debate in the larger
interests of the public and yet at the same time, detailed discussions
should take place on Budget.
For the first time, the Union Budget will be presented on 1st February.
You may recall that earlier the Union Budget was presented at 5.00 pm.
Its timing was changed in the morning when Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Government came into power and Budget was presented just after the
commencement of the Parliament Session.
Yet another new tradition comes into effect from today. Budget is being
presented one month ahead and the rail Budget has now become a part of
the Union Budget. There will be extensive debate in the Parliament on
this issue and it will also reflect the ensuing benefits from the
decision in the days to come. I am optimistic that all political parties
will join hands to ensure a healthy debate in the Parliament in the
larger public interest.