Budget session begins, PM Modi hopeful of a fruitful session

The Budget session of the Parliament began on Tuesday and is all set for a stormy start as discussions on the JNU case and suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula has been scheduled on 24th, which is the first working day of the Parliament.

President Pranab Mukherjee, while addressing both the houses ahead of the budget session, listed out various achievements of the BJP government and said that the Parliament reflects the supreme will of people and democratic temper calls for debate & discussion and not disruption or obstruction.

Post the two all-party meetings held by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Venkaiah Naidu on Monday, the Opposition accused the government for “setting the agenda for disruption” even before the session began.

PM Modi, while addressing the media in a customary practice ahead of the Parliament session, said that he was hopeful of a ‘fruitful session’ and ‘constructive debates’. Describing the Opposition parties as “friends”, he said that they have been showing positive attitude and the whole country and the world is paying attention to the budget session.

Further, Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of Congress in Lok Sabha said that no contentious bills should be brought to the table and only bills on which there is a general agreement should be allowed. He also stated that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill would not come in the first half of the session and that a view could be taken on the fate of the bill by the second half.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, however, said that the meetings with the Opposition were very positive and that they were in favour of smooth functioning of the Parliament. He also reiterated that the government was open to discussion on any issue, whether it is JNU, Pathankot terror attack, Hyderabad Central University issue or even the Jat reservation stir.

The government has a legislative agenda of 32 items for the session, out of which 11 bills are pending in the upper house and one in Lok Sabha.

Sources: The Hindu, Indianexpress

Haryana suffers losses of around Rs. 20k crore

The violent protests in Haryana over Jat reservation have cost the state a total loss of about Rs. 20,000 crore, in form of damge to public and private property, reported Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).

A number of national highways and trunk railway routes have bared severe damages affecting economic activities in the Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab in terms of transport, movement of people and production.

Barring parts of Gurgaon, Rewari and few areas on the Delhi- Jaipur NH8, almost all businesses in other areas have been largely affected. Economic activities have to come to a complete halt in the state. Trade and industry in areas of Bahardurgarh, Hissar, Bhiwani, Jind, Sonipat, Karnal, Gohana, Kaithal, Panipat, Rohtak and Jhajjar have suffered serious losses.

“The state administration has to be on top of the situation to control the anti-social elements, causing immense damage to the reputation of the state,” Secretary General of ASSOCHAM D.S. Rawat said.

Maruti-Suzuki has stopped its production at Gurgaon and Maneswar plants. Tonnes of goods and hundreds of trucks and other vehicles have been affected and the losses will reflect in the balance sheets of not only the traders but also the state exchequers.




Sources: BusinessStandard, AniNews