New Delhi: The Budget Session of parliament
may be some time away but the Prime Minister`s Office has
initiated an exercise to collect inputs on "controversies"
surrounding various ministries to prepare itself against the
The PMO has written to various ministries and departments
asking them to furnish notes on the controversial issues that
could be raised by opposition in parliament, a source said.
The inputs were sought from various ministries and
departments including finance, commerce, financial services,
corporate affairs, disinvestment, heavy industry and the
department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP).
The Industry Ministry has been in the news over the
issue of opening of foreign direct investment (FDI) in
multi-brand retail, which the government had to withdraw
following protest from several quarters including its key ally
Other important issues that are likely to come up in the
Budget Session, which is expected to begin in the second week
of March, relate to black money, inflation, new Companies Bill
and poor response to disinvestment.