Drabu to present Budget on Jan 11

Drabu to present Budget on Jan 11

Speaker calls all-party meeting on Dec 28

Jammu: Legislative Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta on Wednesday issued the provisional calendar for the 6th Session of the 12th Legislative Assembly, which is scheduled to begin with the Governor’s Address on January 2.
The assembly session is scheduled to culminate on February 10, an official spokesperson said.
The Budget for the financial year 2018-19 would be presented by Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu on January 11. It will be his fourth budget in a row, the spokesperson added.
The House will take up discussion on Motion of Thanks on Governor’s Address on 3rd and 9th January. The discussion on Motion of Thanks on Governor’s Address will continue on January 10 with the reply thereto.
“The annual statement of expenditure (Budget) for the year 2018-19 and supplementary statement of expenditure for the year 2017-18 will be presented in the House on 11 January while general discussion on Budget will be held on January 12 and January 15 in two sittings. The general discussion on Budget and reply thereto would be again held on January 16,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said that from January 17 to February 1, the House would take up for discussion demand of grants for individual departments. “On February 2, the House would take up the Appropriation Bill.”
The spokesperson said that February 3 has been dedicated for Government Business, followed by Private Members Bills on February 5.
“Private Members Resolutions will be taken on February 6 and Private Members Bills on February 7 while Government Business would be taken up on February 9 and February 10 also,” the spokesperson said.
The Speaker has called an all-party meet on December 28, four days ahead of the beginning of the assembly session. Secretary Legislative Assembly, Mulk Raj Singh, told Kashmir Reader that the invitations have been dispatched to all pro-India parties.
“The All-Party meet will be held at the Legislature complex Jammu on December 28,” Singh said. He added that Speaker Kavinder Gupta will chair the meeting.