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All-party meet held for budget session

Seacom Skills varsity Bill to be introduced

West Bengal Speaker Biman Banerjee (left) meets leaders of political parties ahead of the budget session, at Assembly House in Kolkata on Thursday.— PHOTO: PTI
West Bengal Speaker Biman Banerjee (left) meets leaders of political parties ahead of the budget session, at Assembly House in Kolkata on Thursday.— PHOTO: PTI
The budget session of the West Bengal Assembly will start from February 10 and the State government’s Annual Financial Statement 2014-15, will be tabled by Finance Minister Amit Mitra on February 17, Speaker Biman Banerjee told journalists here on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, the Speaker convened an all-party meeting where representatives of different political parties were present. Mr. Banerjee sought their cooperation for smoothly conducting proceedings.
Governor M.K. Narayanan will address the Assembly on February 10, Mr. Banerjee said, adding that three days - from February 12 to 14 - will be reserved for discussions on the Governor’s speech.
Among the important legislation that is to be introduced during the coming session is the Seacom Skills University Bill, which was sent to the Select Committee of the Assembly.
The Cabinet had cleared the proposal in November last and the private university is being established at Santiniketan.
Certain ordinances passed by the government will also be taken up.
Mr. Banerjee said that three days had been allocated for discussions on the Budget. The Assembly session is likely to continue till February 21.
Adequate time
will be given: Minister
On whether budgets pertaining to different departments will be guillotined like last year, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee said that adequate time would be allocated to hold discussion on the budget.


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