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Punjab budget session starts today, to be noisy affair

While SAD plans to gherao the Vidhan Sabha, AAP will raise issues inside the House.

punjab Updated: Mar 20, 2018 00:02 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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The AAP members exuded confidence to corner the Amarinder Singh government for its alleged failure on all fronts.(HT File)

The Punjab government’s budget session that begins on Tuesday is likely to be a noisy affair, with both the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) planning to corner the government for failing to fulfill the promise made to the people of Punjab.

While SAD plans to gherao the Vidhan Sabha, AAP will raise issues inside the House. Three MLAs of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), an alliance partner of SAD, and two of Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) are also planning to up the ante against the government.

The government, however, says it has fulfilled a number of promises it made to the people of Punjab. The opposition parties claim the government has cheated people on all counts – be it debt waiver to farmers or welfare schemes.

The schedule

■ March 20: the session will begin with the governor’s address in the Vidhan Sabha followed by obituaries to prominent people who passed away recently. The speaker will hold business advisory committee meeting to finalise functioning of the House in the session.

■ March 24: Budget to be presented for the 2018-19 financial year

■ March 28: Vidhan Sabha will be adjourned sine dine

■ Total business days — 7

During the session, the Vidhan Sabha will:

• Pass: The Punjab Laws (Special Provisions for regularization of unauthorized colony) Bill, 2018, to regularise all 8,000 illegal colonies built up to March 19, 2018.

• Amend: The East Punjab Ministers’ Salaries Act, 1947 and the Salaries and Allowances of Deputy Ministers, Punjab Act, 1956, to pave way for the CM, ministers and the leader of opposition to pay income tax.

• Amend: The Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 (COTPA 2003) to ban hookah bars.

• Clear: The Punjab Health and Family Welfare, Technical (Group-B) Service Rules, 2018

First Published: Mar 19, 2018 16:31 IST