New Delhi: The budget session of Parliament begins today with the address of President Ram Nath Kovind, who addressed a joint sitting listing out the achievements of the ruling NDA government.
The session is expected to be stormy as the opposition will seek to corner the NDA on a number of issues including Rafale, unemployment and farmer issue.
Addressing the joint sitting in Parliament, President Ram Nath Kovind said that over 9 crore toilets created under the Swacch Bharat Yojna has made the lives of thousands of women better and helped them to live with dignity.
My government is committed to lighting up the life of every person of the country, President Kovind said as he listed out the achievements of the NDA government on behalf of PM Modi.
“Most of our mothers, sisters and daughters, would remain sick because of the smoke released from stove and thus the health of the whole family was affected. Under the Ujjwala scheme, more than 6 crore gas connections have been given so far”, said President Kovind.
“To end all kinds of injustice in the country, my government has taken a lot of steps. We have decided to punish rapists of minors with death sentence. We have also brought up the issue of triple talaq to fight for the rights of women,” he said.
President Kovind said that the government is working on policies to empower farmers. The minimum support price (MSP) of crops has been increased to benefit farmers.
“The goods and services tax (GST) is a long-term policy which is making business transparent. GST is a boon for business and some changes have been made to it after suggestions from the business community,” said President Kovind.
In the past 5 years, 2,60,000 Indians stuck abroad were brought back to India. I would like to congratulate all the youngsters who will be voting for the first time this year. A new India where every child is able to progress and every daughter is safe is what we want. Lets all hope and work towards taking India to a new height, President Kovind said as he concluded addressing the joint sitting session.