Government seeks cooperation from political parties for smooth Parliament functioning

Government seeks cooperation from political parties for smooth Parliament functioning

Vinod Bhat

New Delhi, Jan 30 : A meeting of the Government with Floor Leaders of all Political Parties was held under the Chairmanship of Shri Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defence here today before the start of the Interim Budget Session of Parliament, 2024.

In his opening address, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Pralhad Joshi informed that the Session of Parliament will commence on Wednesday, the 31st of January, 2024 and subject to exigencies of Government Business, the session may conclude on Friday, the 9th of February, 2024.

The Session will provide 8 sittings spread over a period of 10 days. He also informed that Session will mainly be devoted to the Financial Business relating to Interim Union Budget for the year 2024-25 and discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address, however essential Legislative and other Business will also be taken up during this session. In addition to this, he also informed that Supplementary Demands for Grants for the Year 2023-24 in respect of the Union Government will be discussed and voted. Further, he stated that presentation and discussion on Interim Budget of Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir for 2024-25 along with Supplementary Demands for Grants of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir for the financial year 2023-24 will also be taken up and voted.

The Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs further stated that the Government is always ready to discuss on the floor of the House, any issue as permitted under Rules of Procedure by respective Presiding Officers. He also requested all party leaders for active cooperation and support for the smooth functioning of the two Houses of Parliament. The meeting was also attended by Union Minister for Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution & Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal, who is also Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Law and Justice; Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs & Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture,  Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal and Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs & Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs, Shri V. Muraleedharan.

Concluding the meeting, after listening to the points raised by the leaders of various political parties in both Houses of Parliament, Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Minister for Defence, thanked leaders for raising important issues in the meeting.

In total, meeting was attended by Forty-Five Leaders from Thirty political parties.

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