Budget Session begins, Prez stresses on Govt's Commitments to People

New Delhi, Feb 23: The budget session of the Parliament commenced today with President Pranab Mukherjee's joint address to the members. He highlighted the new government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's achievement in the past nine months and stressed on the commitments that need to be fulfilled soon.

Although, the session is going to be stormy with the protest launched by veteran social activist Anna Hazare on the revised land acquisition ordinance, President Mukherjee hoped the session will be productive and useful.

Mukherjee talked about the steps taken by the Modi government to meet the commitment to people. He said that the government has controlled the inflation during this period and the target under Jan Dhan Yojna has been achieved in six months. The government has created a new ministry of skill development & entrepreneurship with the theme "hunar hai to kalyan hai", he said.

He stressed on the targets that will be achieved to make India a manufacturing hub. The government is working to launch a scheme that will provide housing for all the economically weak people by 2020.

Referring to the land acquisition ordinance that has been highly opposed and criticised by other political parties and various sections of people, he said that the government is committed to safeguard the interest of the farmers. He urged the government to give paramount importance to interest of farmers affected by land acquisition,

Highlighting the targets of the government, he said that the government has launched “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” yojna to save girl child in the country. He said that his government has taken steps to empower and protect the dignity of women by launching a mobile app Himmat for them.

He urged the MPs of both the Houses Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to spend 50% of their funds under Swachh Bharat Programme.

Here are some highlights of President's speech:

My government is committed to providing a toilet in every school by August 15.

My government is committed to repeal obsolete and redundant laws

My government is committed to ensure people participation in governance and decision making

Maximum governance and minimum government is the guiding principle of my government

The government will bring change in the labour related regulations

The government launched "Make in India" programme to transform business

FDI in railways will bring funds and technology

FDI in defence increased to 49 per cent with certain condition

My government has taken pro-active steps to promote shipping industry

NITI Aayog will promote cooperative federalism

The GDP growth at 7.4 per cent that made India the fastest growing economy in the world

My government has laid keen emphasis on clean energy

My government is committed towards optimum utilisation and transparency in allocation of natural resources

National Urban Development Mission will be finalied soon

The government is working on smart city programme

The government will set up 25 mega solar parks soon

The government has taken significant steps to streamline projects for environmental clearance

My government is committed to restore and rejuvenate the soul of cities

Jammu and Kashmir has an important place in the government agenda. The government is committed to establish peace in the sensitive region

My government is committed to the idea of SMART police

My government is committed to the development of digital media in remote areas

Since Terrorism poses a great challenge to the internal security of our nation, my government is firm in dealing with this

My government has extended hands to have friendly relations with the neigbouring countries

My government has made efforts to reach out to Indians abroad

President concluded the address at the Parliament with the slogan "Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat".

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