Ahead Of Budget Session, PM Modi To Chair An All-Party Meeting On 30 January

Ahead Of Budget Session, PM Modi To Chair An All-Party Meeting On 30 JanuaryPrime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the media on the first day of the Budget Session of Parliament in New Delhi. (representative image) (Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times via Getty Images) 

The Modi government has called an all-party meeting on January 30 to hold discussions ahead of the presentation of the Union Budget in Parliament on 1 February.

The Centre has invited leaders of all political parties in both the Houses to the proposed meeting slated to begin at 11.30 am through videoconference. Sources said the National Democratic Alliance parties too will meet on the same day.

Parliament's Budget session will be held in two phases amid all precautions against coronavirus -- from 29 January to 15 February, and from 8 March to 8 April.

The all-party meeting will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP's Rajya Sabha leader Thawarchand Gehlot, Deputy Leader Piyush Goyal, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, Arjun Ram Meghwal and V Muralitharan.

The one-hour Question Hour has been restored in the Budget session, which was suspended during the Monsoon session in September 2020 during corona pandemic.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Tuesday (19 January) that corona tests for members attending the Parliament session will be mandatory.

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