Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will present the State Budget 2019-20 before the state legislative Assembly on January 30.
A decision in this regard was taken during a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) held on Monday at the Assembly complex to finalise business for the three-day long winter session of the state Assembly, beginning from January 29.
On the first day, Governor Mridula Sinha will address the Assembly.
The Business Advisory Committee, under Speaker Dr Pramod Sawant, met to discuss the business of the House. The Chief Minister, along with Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo, MGP leader and PWD Minister Ramakrishna Dhavalikar, TCP Minister and GFP president Vijai Sardesai, Minister for Legislative Affairs Nilesh Cabral, leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar and MLA Churchill Alemao attended the meeting.
The business for the second day, January 30, includes presentation, discussion and voting on supplementary demands for grants; introduction, consideration and passing of the Goa appropriation Bill 2019 relating to supplementary demands for grant (second batch) 2018-19; introduction, consideration and passing of the government Bills and presentation of annual financial statement or Budget for the year 2019-20.
On the last day, introduction, consideration and passing of the government Bills, if any, and presentation and voting on vote on account along with introduction, consideration and passing of the connected Goa appropriation Bill, 2019 will be taken up.
Speaking to media persons post meeting, Sardesai said that the Chief Minister will present the Budget on January 30 and
take vote on account for five months. “It will not be a detailed Budget presentation,” he said.
Lobo said that he has asked the Chief Minister to bring a Bill amending Goa Tourist Trade Act so as to curb down the nuisance created on beaches and public places in the coastal belt. He also said that though the upcoming Assembly session should have been held for more days, decision on three-day session was arrived at due to the ill-health of the Chief Minister.
“There are many issues the legislators want to raise on the floor of the House. Besides, there is a need to bring amendments to various existing Acts. When there is a short-duration session, we cannot have quality debates on the issues. Four-five minutes are not sufficient for the MLAs to put their views and thoughts across on important issues,” he said adding that the monsoon session should be of 21 working days and the Chief Minister has also agreed to it.
Kavlekar also said that a three-day session is not sufficient to discuss various issues, “thus Congress has demanded at least a 10-day session.”
When asked about the future course of action by Congress party, as the BAC has already finalised three-day business for the session, Kavlekar restrained to comment on it. He, however, said that if the session continued at least till Friday, they would have raised issues through private member resolutions.