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Full-fledged Budget session may not happen

Panjim: For the second consecutive year, Goa will have to go without a full-fledged Budget session as ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is expected to take a Vote on Account on January 30, during the upcoming winter session of the State Assembly.

The three-day winter session of the State Assembly will commence on January 29 with Goa Governor Dr Mridula Sinha’s address. The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting under Speaker Dr Parmod Sawant is likely to take place either on January 20 or 21.

Sources confirmed that Parrikar will attend the session but will not present a detailed Budget for 2019-20, but like last year, opt for a vote on account for five months. “Chief Minister may just read out or table figures like the total size of the budget, revenue and expenditure receipts, etc. Most likely there will be no detailed presentation of the Budget,” sources said.

The Chief Minister has been ailing since mid-February, last year and had flown from Lilavati hospital in Mumbai on February 22 to present Budget 2018-19. Owing to his ill health, Parrikar had opted for a Vote on Account, after tabling the State budget of Rs 17, 123.28 crore representing a growth of 6.84 per cent and stress on the education and employment generation.

The Congress Legislative Party (CLP) has already expressed its displeasure over the duration of the sitting of the House. Leader of the Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar has said it would raise the demand for increasing the number of days during the BAC meeting. [H]

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