President to address Parliament on Feb 21

New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil`s address to the joint sitting of Parliament on the opening day of the Budget Session on February 21 was on Tuesday approved by the Union Cabinet.

The Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, gave its nod to the address which will outline the UPA government`s policies and programmes for 2011-12.

The general budget will be presented to Lok Sabha on February 28 by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. The session will be in two parts — the first upto March 16 and the second from April 4 to April 21.

The Railway Budget will be presented to the lower House on February 25.

The recess between the two parts of the session will be used by standing committees of various ministries to scrutinise the budgetary demands for grants.