The Lok Sabha today, passed the Finance Bill and Appropriation Bill without discussion by applying the guillotine process using voice votes after the Opposition paralysed functioning of the House for eighth day.
The government today, passed the Finance Bill for fiscal year 2018-19 that starts from April 1 without any discussions, using guillotine in the Lok Sabha amid uproar created by the Opposition. Speaker of the Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan applied guillotine which is a tool whereby a fixed time is allotted for discussion for each ministry. When the prescribed time passes over, all the outstanding demands are put to voice vote. So today, on March 14th, the Finance Bill passed and approve outstanding grants of demands for various departments without discussions and just voice votes.
While the Opposition tried to disrupt the approval of the budget with slogan-shouting uproar in the house, the BJP-led NDA government enjoyed absolute majority in the Lower House of Parliament and the Bills were passed without discussions on eighth day. The fifth and final budget by the incumbent central government was presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in form Finance Bill 2018, and besides this, the Appropriation Bill that details spending in various departments was cleared, approved and passed in today’s Lok Sabha session.
Guillotine was used because as per Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, the government has been trying to discuss and was showing readiness to solve the issues and run the Lower House since past one and half week, but all proceedings were hindered by the opposition. Since the new financial year is about to begin, passing important financial bills was necessary by today noon and delay of urgent legislative business could not be afforded. With passage of both these bills, the budget exercise is complete in the lower house. The Bills will now be passed to Rajya Sabha for approval, but since these are money bills, they will be considered approved if the Upper House does not return them within 14 days. However, it must be noted that the Opposition has upper hand in the Rajya Sabha which might make it tough for the Bills to get an easy way out. So if the Budget does not pass, the government cannot spend a single penny on its functioning.