Parliament live updates: President addresses 17th Lok Sabha
The President addresses the joint sitting of the both Houses of Parliament in the Central Hall when a new Lok Sabha commences
President Ramnath Kovind addresses a joint sitting of Parliament as the 17th Lok Sabha commences, as per convention.
He greets the members of the Lok Sabha. Kovind says that women voted with enthusaism this time, and their vote percentage was almost as much as that of men.
He says that members of the 17th Lok Sabha come from various professions, ranging from social service to the medical profession and education.
He says people have expressed faith that their future will be better under the government.
Kovind advises MPs to remember Gandhi words that one's actions should be such as to help the poorest person.
MPs should have all voters in mind, says Kovind.
"I congratulate you all. Jai Hind," says Kovind, as he winds up.
In the past, frequent elections have affected development, says Kovind. He adds that one nation, one election is the way forward for speeding up the pace of development.
"I urge all MPs to seriously consider the proposal of one nation, one election for the sake of development," says the President.
President Kovind recalls the contribution of Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Subhas Bose and Ambedkar, adding that the government has honoured their legacies.
In 1942, the Quit India Movement was launched, he says. Each Indian was dedicated to the cause of freedom, he adds.
India is again on the cusp of making history, the President says. Our experiences since independence are instrumental in planning how to move forward.
In 2022, in the 75th year of freedom, all poor people will have sanitation facilities, electricity, houses. The Ganga will be clean. Farmers' incomes will be doubled. An Indian will hold aloft the tricolour in space, Kovind says.
Amid applause, Kovind says the surgical strike and Balakot strike made India's resolve clear to all.
He says the government is committed to expelling illegal immigrants from the country and the NRC is important for this.
However, those who have faced religious persecution will be offered refuge, and the Citizenship Act is being amended for it.
Kovind says the government is committed to combating naxalism. The Maoist belt is receding.
India is committed to empowering our armed forces further, says Kovind, adding that the Rafale will be delivered soon. MPs applaud the statement.
Kovind says the government is committed to giving respect and better facilities to soldiers. He says the National War Memorial set up in Delhi is a tribute to soldiers. Even a National Police Memorial has been created.
Kovind says the world is standing with India on terrorism.
Masood Azhar's name has been added to the global list of terrorists, he says amid applause.
"Neighbourhood first" is the policy of the government, says the President.
He says the government is committed to the well-being of Indians abroad. Passport and visa procedures have been made simple.
The anniversaries of Gandhi and Nanak will be crucial in spreading India's soft power globally.
Our scientists are preparing for the launch of Chandrayana 2, the President says.
By 2022, we wish to send an Indian in space, says Kovind.
In the field of security, technology is becoming more important, he adds.
The President says India now has a new identity in the world.
In 2022, India will host the G 20 Summit, Kovind says.
Kovind says the world is discussing how the Prayagraj Ardhkumbh was organised this time.
Apart from Ganga, the government will work to clean up other rivers like Kaveri, Godavari and Mahanadi, he says amid applause.
In 102 cities, a clean air scheme has been launched to counter pollution, the President says.
Direct benefits transfer has increased transparency in payments, says the President. The money is now going to deserving beneficiaries.
Kovind says infrastructure is a key priority.
Urbanisation is going to be important, says the President.
The government will work towards developing infrastructure and improving connectivity in the north-eastern states.
Good governance is a check on corruption, says the President.
He adds that zero tolerance towards corruption will be the motto of the government. Human interface will be reduced through greater use of technology. Kovind says the government will continue its "fight" against black money.
India is about to become the fifth largest economy of the world in GPD terms, says the President.
This statement comes at a time of concern over fall in the GDP growth rate.
Kovind says India has come up to 77th rank in the world in terms of ease of doing business. To rise further, the Companies Act would be amended and the Centre would collaborate with states to ease procedures.
The taxation system is being made better, he says. GST has brought up the idea of one nation, one tax and one market.
A National Research Foundation will be set up to promote research in higher education, says Kovind.
Higher education institutions will be given greater autonomy, he says.
For improvement in the performance of the country in sports -- which also helps make citizens healthy -- transparent selection of talents is a must. Each year, 2500 new talented youngsters will be spotted, says the President.
Women's empowerment and safety is crucial for the government, says Kovind.
He says sex ratio in many states is showing improvement.
Kovind says women are getting priority in rural housing, adding that 2-crore houses will be built in the next three years.
President Kovind says the government is seeking to improve the condition of farmers.
वर्ष 2022 तक देश के किसान की आय दोगुनी हो सके, इसके लिए पिछले 5 वर्षों में अनेक कदम उठाए गए हैं — राष्ट्रपति कोविन्द pic.twitter.com/5bEY6rCpJH— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) June 20, 2019
He says Ayushman Bharat scheme is committed to providing healthcare to the poor and 26-lakh people have benefitted from it.