Rajya Sabha passes Union Budget without debate

With only one day left for the House to go into a month-long recess, the chair directed members to lay their written speeches so that the crucial Finance Bill could be returned in time. The Lok Sabha has already passed this Bill

Faced with lack of time, the Rajya Sabha today approved Union Budget 2013-14 without debate, a development witnessed perhaps for the first time which triggered protests from opposition members.

 

With only one day left for the House to go into a month-long recess, the chair directed members to lay their written speeches so that the crucial Finance Bill could be returned in time. The Lok Sabha has already passed this bill.

 

EMS Natchiappan, who was in the chair, said a decision has been taken by the Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari that members could lay their speeches in the limit of 400 words either on the table of the House or electronically later and it would become part of the proceedings.

 

Members from BJP, JD-U, SP, TMC and other parties protested against the word limit, following which Natchiappan relaxed it.

 

M Venkaiah Naidu (BJP) took strong exception to the general budget being passed without discussion.

 

“Who decided it? It never happened,” he shouted, as many members from opposition parties were on their feet.

 

Even the Samajwadi Party, which supports the government from outside, also backed Naidu with its members arguing that there was no time to write the speeches.

 

The members insisted that finance minister P Chidambaram should go through all the written speeches and respond to the points raised by them.

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COMMENTS

Ramesh Iyer

4 years ago

It's a pity that in the world's largest democracy, the most important bill of the year gets passed without a debate. While I agree that the Rajya Sabha has little influence over money bills, it can surely debate and highlight its drawbacks, which perhaps the FM (in good faith) can introspect about and include in the final bill. In this regard, both the govt and the Opposition have failed the people of this country.

nagesh kini

4 years ago

Why have an Upper House or Rajya Sabha at all, if the Govt. thinks that no budget 2013 discussion is warranted?
True it is not elected by the people and has no financial powers enjoyed by the Lok Sabha.
In that case why spend crores on an dysfunctional body that the Govt. treats with contempt?

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