President Addresses Joint Session of Parliament

The budget session of Parliament got going with President Pranab Mukherjee addressing the joint session of Parliament.

Published: 23rd February 2016 11:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd February 2016 12:43 PM   |  A+A-


In this file photo, Indian Air Force's planes flying past the Parliament House during a full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi on Saturday | PTI

The budget session of Parliament started with President Pranab Mukherjee addressing the joint session of Parliament.

The session is expected to be stormy with the Congress and the opposition parties raring to target the government on a range of issues including the JNU row, the Jat agitation and the unrest in Hyderabad University following the suicide of a Dalit student.

The government has prioritised 32 items for the session, which includes 11 bills pending in the Rajya Sabha and one in the Lok Sabha.

Here are the main points of the President's speech:

  • We need to be partners in the growth of the country
  • The development philosophy of my government is 'Sabka saath, Sabka vikas'; Overriding goal is to eradicate poverty which is the worst kind of violence

  • The well being of farmers is crucial; crop insurance will benefit lakhs of them

  • 39% FDI increase due to Make in India initiative

  • Government committed to educated and clean India

  • Financial inclusion, social security are top agenda

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