Both houses were unable to take up scheduled business due to disruptions.
During the recess period of the Budget Session, Departmentally Related Standing Committees examined the detailed Demands for Grants (ministry allocations) of their respective departments and ministries. These Committees will be tabling their reports on these DFGs in the upcoming days.
Some key ministries:
- Railways: The Railways finances were presented on February 1, 2018 by the Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley along with the Union Budget 2018-19. The Ministry of Railways manages the administration of Indian Railways and policy formation through the Railway Board. Indian Railways is a departmental commercial undertaking of the government. Our note looks at the proposed expenditure of the Ministry of Railways for the year 2018-19, its finances over the last few years, and issues with the same.
- Home Affairs: The Ministry of Home Affairs is responsible for matters concerning internal security, centre-state relations, central armed police forces, border management, and disaster management. In addition, the Ministry also makes certain grants to the union territories. Our note analyses the expenditure trends and budget proposals for the Ministry of Home Affairs for 2018-19, and presents some issues in the sector
- Agriculture: The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare is divided into three departments: (i) Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, which implements programmes and schemes relating to crop husbandry, and manages agriculture inputs, (ii) Agricultural Research and Education, which manages agriculture universities, and promotes research in the sector and (iii) Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, which manages the production and development of livestock, dairy and fisheries. Our note analyses issues in the agriculture sector, expenditure trends and budget proposals of these Departments can be read here.
- Defence: The Ministry of Defence frames policies on defence and security-related matters, and ensure its implementation by the defence services (i.e. Army, Navy and Air Force). In addition, it is responsible for production establishments such as ordnance factories and defence public sector undertakings, research and development organisations, and ancillary services that assist the defence services, such as the Armed Forces Medical Services. Our note analyses budgetary allocations and expenditure trends in the Ministry. It also provides insights into key issues affecting the defence sector