Session had commenced on the 18th
of December 2003 and was adjourned sine-die on the 23rd December 2003.
The Government informed the Hon'ble Speaker that it wished to pass a vote on
account for four months instead of a regular Budget, in view of the General
Election. The Hon’ble Speaker reconvened the Session and the sittings were held
on the 24th and 25th March 2004. The sitting commenced at
with the National Song (Vande Mataram).
I Obituary References: The House made obituary references
on 24th March 2004
on the passing away of the following:
1.Shri KR Malkani,
Former Lt.Governor of Pondicherry and Member of the Rajya Sabha.
2.Shri SikandarBakht, Former Governor of Kerala and Member of the Delhi
The House paid tributes to the
freedom fighters on the occasion of the “ShahidiDiwas” and observed two minutes
silence as a mark of respect towards the departed souls.
II Committee Reports:Reports of the following House Committees
were presented to the House and adopted:
First Report of the Business Advisory Committee.
First Report of the General Purposes Committee.
III Papers Laid: The Chief Minister
and other Ministers laid copies of twenty-four Notifications issued by their
respective departments on the Table of the House.
IV Legislative Business: Besides the
Appropriation Bills the ‘Code of Criminal Procedure (Delhi
Amendment) Bill 2004, (Bill No. 1 of 2004)’ was introduced on the 24th
March and considered and passed by the House on the 25th March 2004
VSpecial Mentions:Twenty Members raisedSpecial Mentions on various matters of
public importance. In seven cases Chief Minister or Ministers replied on the
floor of the House.
Duration Discussion: Short Duration Discussion on following matters of public
importance were taken up by the House:
1.‘Problems faced by the people living in
unauthorized colonies and providing basic civic amenities to them’: The
discussion was taken up on the
24th March 2004. Seven Members participated in the
discussion, which was replied to by the Minister of Urban Development.
“Need to improve the school education system in Delhi”:
The discussion was taken up on the
25th March 2004 and three Members participated in
the Debate. The Minister of education replied to the discussion, which
utilized thirty minutes.
VIIAdjournment Motion: On 24th March 2004 Dr. JagdishMukhi, Leader of Opposition moved an adjournment
motion on the implementation of Unit Area Method of Property Taxes and
initiated debate on it. The debate continued for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Six
other Members participated in the debate. The Hon’ble Chief Minister made
certain clarifications and the Hon’ble Minister of Urban Development replied to
the debate. The Adjournment Motion was put to vote and negated by voice-vote.
VIIICalling Attention Motion: On 25th March 2004, Prof. KiranWalia called the attention of the Chief Minister
towards recent incidences of rape and murder of women including foreigners in Delhi.
The Chief Minister replied.Seven
Members sought clarifications from the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister
replied to the clarifications. The debate on the Calling Attention Motion
utilized 58 minutes of the floor time.
IXCongratulatory Motions: The following Motions were
1. “that this House congratulates
the Indian Cricket Team for their outstanding performance in the one-day
cricket series against Pakistan and for winning the hearts of the people
throughout the world for super display of game and sportsmanship.
The House also congratulates the
Hon'ble Speaker to participate in this endeavor to support Indian team and preponing the time of the House today to witness the final
match and also encourage the Indian Cricket team with our sentiment and best
wishes.” (On the 24th March
2. “that this House
congratulates the Hon'ble Speaker for efforts for the beautification of the
Assembly building and efforts made for the restoration of the originality of
the Old Secretariat Complex. Vision Document prepared to modernize the Assembly
in order to make it a world-class model representative institution is
commendable. The House also compliments and wishes the best for the early
completion of these projects.” (On the
24th March 2004)
this House congratulates the Indian Cricket team for its great victory in Pakistan
and also wishes it to emerge victorious in the test series. The House also
expresses its thanksto the Hon'ble Speaker for enabling the Members to watch the
historic match by preponing the time of the sitting
of the House.” (On the 25th
X Financial Business (25th March 2004):
Annual Budget (2004-2005): Dr. AK Walia, Minister of Finance presented the Annual Budget
for the financial year 2004-2005.
Demands for Grants: The Minister of Finance
presented the Demands for Grants for the financial year 2004-2005.
Presentation and Voting on the Supplementary
Demands (2003-2004): The Minister of Finance presented the first and
final batch of Supplementary Demandsfor the financial year 2003-2004. The Supplementary Demands were
considered Demand-wise and passed unanimously.
Appropriation (No.1) Bill, 2004: The Minister
of Financeintroduced the
‘Appropriation (No.1) Bill, 2004 (Bill No.2 of 2004) (for the first and
final batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants for the year 2003-2004)
with the leave of the House which was considered and passed unanimously.
Presentation and Voting on the Demands for Grants
(Vote on Account) for the period April to July 2004: The Minister of
Finance presented the Demands for Grants (Vote on Account) for the period
April to July 2004 which were considered Demand-wise and passed
Appropriation (Vote on Account) Bill, 2004: The Minister of Financeintroduced the ‘Appropriation (Vote on
Account) Bill, 2004 (Bill No.3 of 2004) with the leave of the House which was
considered and passed unanimously.
XIElection to Financial Committees: As per the Rules of
Procedure and Conduct of Business nine Members were to be elected to the
Financial Committees. However, as only nine nominations each for the Financial
Committees were received, all the nominees were declared elected unopposed.
House was adjourned sine-die on the
25th March 2004 with the rendering of the National
Anthem (Jana GanaMana)