The demands for grants of all ministries will be put to the guillotine in the Lok Sabha on Saturday to pave the way for the passage of the Finance Bill on May 3.
The House will take up the discussion on the budgetary allocations for the Ministry of Science and Technology on Friday, dispensing with the Private Members’ Business to do so. The following day, it will debate the allocations for the Home Ministry. .
The Business Advisory Committees of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha decided to sit on two consecutive Saturdays to debate and clear all financial business as May 1 and 2 are holidays. The Finance Bill, passed by the Lok Sabha on May 3, will be taken up in the Rajya Sabha on May 5. The Upper House will also discuss the budgetary proposals for the ministries of agriculture, health, human resource development and rural development.
After the completion of the financial business, the two Houses will take up the discussion on issues raised by different parties. Price rise tops the agenda. If the BJP is keen to raise the Quattrocchi and Geelani issues, the Congress intends to hit out at the main Opposition by raising the controversial CD released by the BJP and the false encounters by Gujarat police. On the anvil are also discussions on special economic zones, the Sachar panel report, the 11 Plan document and foreign policy, with special reference to Indo-Pak relations.