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New Delhi, February 22, 2010
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said his Government was prepared to discuss and debate all issues in Parliament and appealed to the Opposition not to disrupt parliamentary proceedings.
"The Government is willing to discuss all issues. I will appeal to the Opposition not to have any disruption of parliamentary proceedings," he told reporters when he arrived for the opening day of Parliament's Budget Session which began today.
"We seek the cooperation of the Opposition in the smooth running of this important session of Parliament, which will be devoted to the passage of both the General Budget and the Railway Budget," he said.
"Parliament is a forum for debate and the Government is ready to debate," he said. "All issues which agitate the mind of the Opposition can be debated on the floor of the House," he said.
The session began with the customary address by the President to a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament. The Railway Budget for 2009-10 will be presented to Parliament on February 24, the Economic Survey on February 25 and the General Budget for 2009-10 on February 26.
There will be a recess from March 16 to April 12 during which the Standing Committees of Parliament will consider the dmeands for grants of various ministries. The session is scheduled to end on May 7.