Skip to main content

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.


Popular posts from this blog

Khar’s experimentation with Himalayan nettle brings recognition (downtoearth)

Nature never fails to surprise us. In many parts of the world, natural resources are the only source of livelihood opportunities available to people. They can be in the form of wild shrubs like Daphne papyracea and Daphne bholua (paper plant) that are used to make paper or Gossypium spp (cotton) that forms the backbone of the textile industry.

Nothing can compete with the dynamism of biological resources. Recently, Girardinia diversifolia (Himalayan nettle), a fibre-yielding plant, has become an important livelihood option for people living in the remote mountainous villages of the Hindu Kush Himalaya.

There is a community in Khar, a hamlet in Darchula district in far-western Nepal, which produces fabrics from Himalayan nettle. The fabric and the things made from it are sold in local as well as national and international markets as high-end products.

A Himalayan nettle value chain development initiative implemented by the Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiati…

SC asks Centre to strike a balance on Rohingya issue (.hindu)

Supreme Court orally indicates that the government should not deport Rohingya “now” as the Centre prevails over it to not record any such views in its formal order, citing “international ramifications”.

The Supreme Court on Friday came close to ordering the government not to deport the Rohingya.

It finally settled on merely observing that a balance should be struck between humanitarian concern for the community and the country's national security and economic interests.

The court was hearing a bunch of petitions, one filed by persons within the Rohingya community, against a proposed move to deport over 40,000 Rohingya refugees. A three-judge Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, began by orally indicating that the government should not deport Rohingya “now”, but the government prevailed on the court to not pass any formal order, citing “international ramifications”. With this, the status quo continues even though the court gave the community liberty to approach it in …

Cloud seeding

Demonstrating the function of the flare rack that carries silver iodide for cloud-seeding through an aircraft. 
Water is essential for life on the earth. Precipitation from the skies is the only source for it. India and the rest of Asia are dependent on the monsoons for rains. While the South West Monsoon is the main source for India as a whole, Tamil Nadu and coastal areas of South Andhra Pradesh get the benefit of the North East Monsoon, which is just a less dependable beat on the reversal of the South West Monsoon winds.