The Budget Session of Parliament commenced on Thursday with the President’s address. The session, which will see only 10 sittings for both Houses, will run till February 13. Finance Minister Piyush Goyal will present the Union Budget 2019 on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking ahead of the session, said: ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ is our Mantra and this spirit will also be seen in Parliament. We are looking forward to discussing every issue.”
President Kovind said there was uncertainty before 2014, but the government has been working towards building a ‘New India’. He added that 2019 was a significant year for India as it marked the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. During his speech, he listed the achievements of the BJP-led government and also spoke about current issues like the Citizenship Bill, the triple talaq bill, and 10% quota for EWS of general category, among others.
Highlights: The Budget Session of Parliament commenced today with President Ram Nath Kovind addressing a joint sitting.
Union Budget 2019 to be presented tomorrow
President Ram Nath Kovind has left the Parliament complex after addressing a joint session. This kicks off the Budget Session 2019. The Budget will be presented by Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday, February 1. This year, the government is unlikely to present an economic survey during the Budget Session. It will likely do so in July, when it present a full Budget, reports PTI.
V-P Venkaiah Naidu addresses Parliament
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu addresses Parliament, hopes parties will ensure the Houses function smoothly during the Budget Session. He says, "Political considerations should not be allowed to derail the proceedings of the House and instead members should avail various opportunities to raise their points of view," reports PTI.
President Kovind: IAF to fly ultra-modern Rafale soon
President Kovind says the Indian Air Force will soon fly "ultra modern Rafale jets" to strengthen its capabilities, reports PTI. He also said the "New India" was displayed during the surgical strikes across the border.
Meanwhile, here are some pictures from outside Parliament this morning. (Express Photos: Renuka Puri)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the press on the first day of the Budget Session; PM Modi with his Cabinet colleagues; PM with President Kovind, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. (Express Photos: Renuka Puri)
President Kovind says govt trying to double income of farmers
President Kovind says the government is trying to double the income of farmers in the country. "While understanding the needs of the farmers, the government strives for lasting solutions to their problems," he adds.
Budget Session 2019 | President speaks on 10% quota to poor
On 10% reservation for EWS of general category, President Ram Nath Kovind in his address to Parliament, said: "The historic decision was approved by Parliament in the winter session. The initiative will help the poor."
President Kovind says Govt trying to pass triple talaq Bill in Parliament
President Kovind says the government is trying to pass the triple talaq Bill in Parliament to empower Muslim women, in order to ensure they live a life without fear.
President Kovind on Citizenship Bill: 'Will ease process to obtain citizenship'
On the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which has been centre of controversy, President Kovind says: "(It) will ease the way in which India's citizenship is obtained by those victims who have been forced to flee to India in the cause of harassment. They have no faults in it, but they are a victim of the circumstances."
President Kovind lists Govt's achievements in last four years
President Kovind speaks about how the government's schemes have benefitted the people. He says over two crore houses have been electrified under the Saubhagya scheme, 21 crore people covered under the PM's life insurance scheme, nine crore toilets built under Swachh Bharat, six crore gas connection under the Ujjwala scheme.
Further, under the government's mass drug project at least 4,900 drug centres have been opened in more than 600 districts across the country.
Budget Session 2019 | President Kovind: 'Govt has enhanced India's credibility'
The President says on the first day of the Budget Session: "Over the past four years, my government has communicated a new hope and confidence in the people, enhanced the credibility of the country and made effective efforts for social and economic transformation."
President Kovind says BJP-led govt has ushered in a new India
President Kovind speaks about the government's last four years in power: "Before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the country was going through a phase of uncertainty. However, the BJP-led government has created a new India. A new Bharat where there are no adhurapan and inaction in the arrangements where there is no corruption where there is no place for Asavachachata," he says.
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President Ram Nath Kovind: 'Happy our country is building an inclusive society'
"I am happy that our country is building inclusive societies based on morality, consistent with Gandhi's dreams. Our country is moving forward with the ideals of social and economic justice given in the constitution by Baba Bhimrao Ambedkar," says President Kovind.
Budget Session 2019: President Kovind addresses Parliament
President Ram Nath Kovind is addressing a joint sitting of Parliament. He begins: "Addressing the joint session of Parliament, I am having immense happiness. The year of 2019, is an important stop of the history of our democracy. This year we are celebrating the 150 anniversary of the people of India, Father Mahatma Gandhi."