The government proposes to complete the exercise for passage of general budget for 2011-12 in Parliament by March 24, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said today. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will initiate the discussion on the budget in the Lok Sabha tomorrow and will reply on the debate on Thursday, Bansal told reporters here.

The discussions on the budget will be taken up in the Rajya Sabha on March 9 and 10, he said, adding that the Finance Minister will reply to the debate in the Upper House on March 11.

The Lok Sabha will discuss demands for grants of only four ministries — Rural Development, External Affairs, Mining and Road Transport. In the Rajya Sabha discussions will take place on demands of ministries of Tribal Affairs, Minorities Affairs, Defence and Civil Aviation.

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