Budget meet will be for 14 days

Budget meet will be for 14 days

The Budget session of Telangana Assembly would run for 14 days till March 29, with a provision to extend business by another two days.

Business Advisory Committee meets and decides on the session period

Hyderabad: The Budget session of Telangana Assembly would run for 14 days till March 29, with a provision to extend business by another two days.

This was decided at the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the Legislature presided by the Speaker S Madhusudana Chary and attended by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, attended by the Leader of Opposition K Jana Reddy and the leaders of other political parties.

It was decided to take up the motion of thanks on the Governor's address on March 12 and 13. Finance Minister Etela Rajender would present the annual budget on March 14. There would be no sitting on March 15; which could be used by the members to study the budget.

The House would again function from March 16 to 22. This is followed by three holidays between March 23 and March 25. The House would function again on March 26, 27 (Sunday), 28 and 29.

According to sources, the government has in principle agreed to the request of opposition parties to run the house for two additional days i.e. up to March 31. The Chief Minister said the government was ready for discussion on any subject and would allocate more number of days if needed after the Appropriation bill.

The sources said the Chief Minister wanted another BAC meeting to be convened later in the month for taking a decision on the need for running additional days. It was decided to take up adjournment motion after the question hour. Opposition parties wanted the adjournment motion to be brought before the question hour.

It is learnt that the Chief Minister said if there were any serious issues, the government too has a responsibility to react and it would discuss the same with the permission of the Speaker. However, the he is learnt to have said that there was no scope to allow politically motivated adjournments.

Sources said that he MIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi expressed his displeasure as the Speaker did not take the views of opposition party leaders into consideration. “Why have we been called here when decisions have already been taken? The government should consider the views expressed by the other party leaders,” Akbaruddin questioned the Speaker.

Deputy Speaker Padma Devender Reddy, Legislature Affairs Minister T Harish Rao, G Chinna Reddy (Congress), BJLP leader K Laxman, MIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, Ravindra Kumar Ramavath (CPI), S Rajaiah (CPM), P Venkateshwarlu (YCP) and S Venkata Veeraiah (TDP) attended the BAC meeting.

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