As per the sources,this year’s Budget session is likely to begin on January 31 and will be concluding on February 13. A tweet by ANI stated, “The interim budget will be presented on February 1 during the budget session of the parliament. The decision was taken in the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA)”.

The Budget is even more important since this will be the last budget of the Modi Government before the 2019 General Elections. This will be the 6th budget of the finance minister Arun Jaitley.

The interim budget will be a key influencer in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, especially after the saffron party’s defeat in three states in the 2018 assembly polls. Policy guidance in the budget will also be an important factor in the upcoming polls.

Since the government had put an end to the practice of separate Railway and Union Budgets, the 2019 budget will include both Union and Railway Budget. “The 2018 Budget session was termed as the least productive budget session since the year 2000”, a legislative research body had stated.

As per the data provided by Parliamentary Affairs minister Ananth Kumar, the productivity during the Budget session in 2018 in Lok Sabha was 134 percent, while in Rajya Sabha, it was around 96 percent during the brief Part I of the session which had seven Lok Sabha and eight Rajya Sabha sittings. 

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