Terming the advancement of the budget cycle and merger of railway and union budget as “historic”, President Pranab Mukherjee, addressing both Houses of Parliament, on Tuesday listed down the achievements of the Narendra Modi-led government, a day before Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents the Union Budget. “At the core of all my Govt policies, is the welfare of ‘gareeb’, ‘peedit’, ‘Dalit’, ‘vanchhit’,” Mukherjee said.
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The president spoke of the strides made by the government in “improving the quality of life of the poor”, “transforming the lives of farmers”, and empowering women. “Govt committed to growth, ‘sabka saath, sabka vikaas’. Voluntary giving up of LPG subsidy has helped the poor,” President Mukherjee said. He also spoke of the proactive steps taken by the government to control the soaring prices of pulses and electrifying villages across India. “11000 of 18000 villages which were in darkness since independence electrified in record time,” he said.
On the government’s demonetisation drive, President Mukherjee lauded the “resilience” demonstrated by the public in the fight against black money and corruption. “Resilience demonstrated by our countrymen particularly the poor, in the fight against black money and corruption, is remarkable,” he said.
On empowering women, President Mukherjee said they deserve equal opportunities in every field and that ‘naari shakti’ is an integral part of India’s path towards development. “Through the Stand-Up India initiative, the govt plans to empower over 2-and-a-half lakh SCs, STs and women entrepreneurs,” he said. He praised Olympic stars PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Deepa Karmakar, saying they illustrate the strength displayed by Indian women.
On assistance to self-help groups, he said over Rs 16,000 crore was made available in the current Financial Year. He also highlighted the Rs 2 lakh crore loan money sanctioned under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana.
Regarding the security situation prevailing at the border, the President said that infiltration attempts, terror incidents, loss of lives in J&K is a matter of grave concern. “My government has taken decisive steps to give a fitting reply to the repeated incursions on our territorial sovereignty,” President Mukherjee said. He added that left-wing extremism has been contained and the security situation in Northeast has also improved significantly.