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Center To Go For Direct Budget Session?

Covid-19 has thrown yet another routine in India off gear this winter. The pandemic is most likely to delail the winter session of Parliament this year. The session usually commences by the end of the third week of November. However, with the rising number of cases in Delhi in mind, the Centre may decide to not call the Winter Session and directly go for the Budget Session at the end of January. If that happens, then it will be the fourth time in the history of India that the Winter Session is scrapped. The Houses did not have a Winter Session in 1975, 1979 and 1984. Besides, the calendar year 2020 will record one of the lowest number of Parliament sittings in a year. The Parliament conducts three sessions each year — Budget session (January/February to May), Monsoon session (July to August/September) and Winter session (November to December). Since the Constitution demands that there should not be more than a six-month gap between the two sessions, the Parliament must meet at least twice a year. The Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) meets to decide the dates and the duration of the session. A recommendation is then sent to the President to call the session. The Cabinet Committee hasn’t met yet to finalise the dates of the Winter Session 2020.

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