Shimla : The six-week-long Budget session of Himachal Pradesh is to commence here tomorrow with the Governor’s address of the Assembly.
The session would have 21 sittings, including two private member’s days, with Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who also holds the finance portfolio, slated to present his fifth budget for 2017-18 on March 10. The budget is to be passed on March 30.
There would be a nine-day recess from March 18 to 26 with four days each having been earmarked for discussions on motion of thanks on the governor’ address and the budget and demands.
Speaker BBL Butail has urged the members to cooperate in smooth running of the house and raise the issues of public importance under relevant rules.
As many as 561 questions, including 396 starred and 165 unstarred questions have been received and 254 questions have been received online.
While the Congress and BJP legislature parties are meeting this evening to chalk out the strategy for the session, the Speaker today convened an all-party meet and urged the leaders of both the Congress and the BJP to maintain decorum and cooperate in smooth running of the house.
The session being the last budget session of the present Vidhan Sabha is expected to be stormy as the BJP has already announced to raise issues of “Mafia Raj, corruption, increasing drug abuse, non-implementation of central schemes and pathetic condition of the health services, roads and other services.
Both the Congress and the BJP is set to switch over to election mode after the session as Assembly elections are due in November this year. The BJP would also raise the issues mentioned in its charge-sheet to pin down the government in the Assembly.
The ruling Congress, which has been claiming that all the poll promises have been fulfilled and there was no section of the society which has not been benefited from the programmes and the schemes of the government, is set to highlight its government’s achievement.