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BUDGET SESSION FROM JANUARY 29, GENERAL BUDGET PRESENTED ON FEBRUARY 01

The Budget session of Parliament will begin from January 29 and the Union Budget will be presented on February 01. A recommendation to this effect was made by the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA), headed by Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh, to the President on January 05, 2018. According to the schedule drawn by the CCPA, President Shri Ram Nath Kovind will address a joint sitting of the two Houses on January 29. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shri Ananth Kumar told reporters that the Economic Survey will be tabled in both Houses after the Presidential address the same day.
—(The HINDUSTAN TIMES, January 04)

BACKWARDNESS OF SOME REGIONS IS AN INJUSTICE TO THE PEOPLE OF THOSE REGIONS: PM

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said relative backwardness of some regions is an injustice to the people of those regions. Addressing Collectors and Officers-in-charge of aspirational districts, in New Delhi on January 5,2018 , he said, there is a need to make efforts to develop 115 backward districts. He said regional imbalances should not be allowed to increase indefinitely and the development of backward districts is imperative. Giving the examples of the Jan Dhan Yojana, the construction of toilets, and rural electrification, the Prime Minister said nothing is impossible in the country if people have a firm resolve. Shri Modi said there is a need to recognize and channelize the aspirations of the people of the aspirational districts.
— (THE TIMES OF INDIA, January 05)

LIKE RAHUL, SIDDARAMAIAH REALISING HE IS HINDU: YOGI ADITYANATH

In order to accelerate development in Karnataka, the state needs to have the BJP in power while the party is ruling the country, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath said at a BJP rally on January 07, 2018. He also said Karnataka CM Siddaramiah has started identifying himself as a Hindu on account of the “rise of Hindu power”. “In the past five years, the Congress has pushed Karnataka backwards. Karnataka needs to benefit from the development programmes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the youth, farmers and cities like Bengaluru need these programmes, and for this Karnataka needs a BJP government,’’ Yogi Adityanath said.
— (THE TIMES OF INDIA, January 07)

GOVERNMENT ROLLS OUT E-SANSAD AND E-VIDHAN IN PARLIAMENT AND ASSEMBLY TO MAKE FUNCTIONING PAPERLESS

The Government has proposed rolling out of E-SANSAD in Parliament and E-VIDHAN in State Legislatures to digitize and make their functioning paperless. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shri Ananth Kumar will inaugurate the 18th All India Whips’ Conference on January 8, 2018 in Udaipur, Rajasthan and will rolling out of e-Sansad and e-Vidhan in Parliament and State Legislatures. A whip is a member of a political party’s parliamentary body responsible for discipline within the party. Their main job is ensuring that their members in Parliament and legislature vote in line with the party’s official policy on important issues. The two-day conference will focus on the efficient functioning of legislatures and the Delegates will make suggestions and recommendations for making the rolling out of e-Vidhan a success.
—(THE TIMES OF INDIA, January 04)
(Compiled by Pankaj Anand)