New Delhi: The Lok Sabha has discussed the 2014-15 demands for grants of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, and passed it.

Demands for grants are the detailed estimates given by different ministries regarding their expenditures for the financial year. These are discussed and voted upon in the Lok Sabha.

Demands which have not been voted on by the last day fixed for the purpose are ‘guillotined’, i.e. they are voted upon together, without discussion.

The total demands for grants for 2014-2015 are for 14,52,31 crores.

This year, the demands of four ministries, namely- Environment and Forests, Water Resources, Road Transport and Highways, and Social Justice and Empowerment, were discussed.

The demands for these ministries add upto Rs. 81,405 crores.

This year, 94.3 per cent of the total demands for grants were passed without discussion.

In 2013-14, 100 per cent of the demands for grants were passed without discussion.

In the last decade, the most demands for grants were discussed in 2008-2009, when 63 per cent of the demands were passed without discussion.

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