Parliament met for the 11th sitting of the Budget Session today.
Lok Sabha undertook a discussion on the Demands for Grants of the
Ministry of Water Resources today. Further analysis on the demands are
available at the end of the diary.
Rajya Sabha held a discussion on the unprecedented spurt in violence in
Gaza and West Bank area of Palestine causing death of scores of
civilians. The Upper House then undertook a General Discussion on the
Railways Budget, which was underway at the time of sending this diary.
As of today, two Ordinances promulgated in March 2014 have lapsed. These are The Securities Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014 and The SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Ordinance, 2014.
As per Article 123 of the Constitution, Ordinances cease to operate six
weeks from the reassembly of Parliament. As these Ordinances had been
promulgated before the Introductory Session of Parliament, they lapse
six weeks from the President’s Address.
Participation of First Time MPs: In the first two weeks
of Parliament, 336 MPs participated in debates and discussion in Lok
Sabha. Out of these, 202 were first-time Lok Sabha MPs who made their
Analysis on Demands for Grants of Ministry of Water Resources (2014-15)
Major new initiatives announced in the Union Budget (2014-15) related to water resources