Andhra Assembly budget session from June 16

South India

Following easing of the lockdown restrictions, the Andhra Pradesh cabinet has on Thursday (June 11) decided to convene a session of the state assembly from June 16 mainly to pass the state budget for 2020-21.

The Budget session of the Legislature is normally held in February-March every year but, because of the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the government brought in the Andhra Pradesh Appropriation (Vote-on-Account) Ordinance, 2020 on March 28, authorising an expenditure of Rs 70,994 crore for the first three months of the fiscal year.

As the Vote-on-Account period as per the ordinance ends on June 30, the government is required to get the Appropriation Bill passed by the Legislature before the due date.

The session will commence with Governor’s address on June 16 and the following day, the Finance Minister Buganna Rajendranath will introduce the budget according to the decision taken by the cabinet that met at Amaravathi on Thursday.

It is not exactly known for how many days the monsoon session will run. The Business Advisory Committee will meet on the same day to decide the agenda and the number of days the session has to be run.

Election for four vacant Rajya Sabha seats from the state is also scheduled to be held on June 19. Meanwhile, the officials are worried over the conduct of the session as a constable attached to Assembly and at least 10 employees of the State Secretariat tested positive for COVID-19 recently (with inputs from agencies)

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