New Delhi, January 31: President Pranab Mukherjee addresses Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha jointly today before the budget session to start on 1st February 2017. President Mukherjee highlighted the various achievement of Government and urged all the political parties to support the budget and also asked for the peace proceedings of Parliament. President Mukherjee firstly welcomed all the members of both Houses of Parliament at Central Hall of Parliament House.
Highlights of President Pranab Mukherjee speech in Parliament are as follows:
The ideal of saha na vavatu, saha nau bhunaktu has inspired our civilisation from time immemorial.
This year marks the 350th birth anniversary of the great Sikh Guru - Guru Gobind Singhji.
We are observing the one thousandth birth anniversary of the great saint-philosopher Ramanujacharya.
This year marks the Centenary year of Champaran Satyagraha.
Resilience and forbearance demonstrated by countrymen recently in the fight against black money and corruption are remarkable.
Janashakti has transformed Swachh Bharat Mission into a jan-Andolan.
My government salutes the strength of janashakti and pledges to constructively utilise it in Rashtra Nirman.
At the core of all my Govt's policies is the welfare of the garib, Dalit, peedit, shoshit, vanchit, Kisan, shramik, and yuva.
My government is guided by the Antyodaya philosophy of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.
Financial inclusion is key to poverty alleviation.
An unprecedented 26 crore plus Jan Dhan accounts have been opened for the unbanked.
Close to 13 crores poor have been covered under various social security schemes.
To take the banking system to the doorstep of the poor and the unbanked, the Indian Postal Payment Bank has been started.
Over Rs 2 Lakh Crore has been provided through 5.6 crore loans sanctioned under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana.
Under Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana, over Rs. 16000 crores have been made available to SHGs in the current Financial Year.
My Government has taken many initiatives to improve the quality of life of the poor.
My Government is committed to provide shelter to every houseless poor household through the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan aims to ensure health and sanitation, particularly for the poor.
The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana will make clean energy accessible to the poor.
37 percent of the Ujjwala beneficiaries belong to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
Under Deen Dayal Upadhayay Gram Jyoti Yojana, over 11,000 villages have been electrified in a record time.
Mission Indradhanush commits to vaccinate “every child everywhere” against preventable diseases.
A favourable monsoon supplemented by farmer-oriented schemes has increased the acreage and yield of most Kharif crops.
The sown area in the current Rabi season has shown six percent increase in comparison to last year.
My Government has taken various steps to transform the lives of our farmers.
Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana expanded the ambit of risk-coverage, doubled sum insured & facilitated lowest-ever premium.
Three crore Kisan Credit Cards will be converted into RUPAY debit cards soon.
My government is making Nari Shakti an integral part of our development journey. Our women deserve equal opportunity. The Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme is yielding encouraging results.
Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan will provide comprehensive ante-natal care to all pregnant women. The revision of Maternity Benefit Act will support pregnant women at the workplace.
With the motto of “Har Haath ko Hunar”, my govt has taken several steps for skilling youth & improving their employability.
National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme has been launched with a budget outlay of Rs. Ten thousand crore.
Pradhan Mantri YUVA Yojana launched for promoting entrepreneurship education and training amongst 7 lakh students.
Central to all the policies of my government is the welfare of the poor.
To combat black money, corruption, counterfeit currency and terror financing, Govt took the decision on 8th Nov 2016 of demonetisation.
By the year end, all the meter gauge tracks in the North East will be converted into broad gauge lines.
The four-decade old demand of One Rank One Pension has been fulfilled.
Our defence forces successfully conducted the surgical strike to prevent infiltration by terrorists. We are proud of the forces, and the exemplary courage and valour displayed by them.
Shram-eva jayate is one of the foremost guiding principles of my Govt. Several measures have been taken for the welfare of the shramik.
Universal Account Number has ensured portability of EPF accounts and has safeguarded the interest of crores of workers.
Implementation of the 7th Pay Commission has benefited 50 lakh employees and 35 lakh, pensioners.
Social and economic equality for the deprived and disempowered sections is the first promise of our constitution.
Through Stand-up India initiative, my govt. plans to empower over two and a half lakh SC, ST & women entrepreneurs.
Fourteen different sectors have been identified under the Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana for the empowerment of tribals.
My Government is committed to providing the Divyang jan equal opportunities for development.
Over 6 lakh Divyang jan have so far benefitted from 4700 special assistance camps organised since May 2014.
The Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan is improving accessibility for the Divyang jan at public places.
My Government has taken several measures to ensure that the aspirations of people from all communities are fulfilled.
A more focussed approach has been taken towards inclusive development of the notified minority communities.
Under its proactive "Act East" policy, my govt is focussing on reducing the isolation of the Eastern region and North-east.
My Government has started the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga.
We are opening up road and rail routes to our neighbouring countries to boost the economic development of the region.
My government is continuing with the special dispensation in the assistance pattern to the North-eastern states.
Govt has approved North East BPO promotion scheme for creation of employment opportunities. The Ministry of Tourism has identified a thematic circuit for the North East region.
Creation of vital next-generation infrastructure has received special attention of my government.
The National Civil Aviation Policy will give a major boost to air connectivity in the smaller cities and towns.
Under the BharatNet Project, Optical Fibre Cables now cover over 75,700 Gram Panchayats.
India launched 8 operational missions covering meteorological, navigation, earth observation & communication satellites.
My Govt welcomes constructive debate on the simultaneous conduct of elections to Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies.
My Govt is thankful to the GST council for working to resolve the outstanding issues.
India has been facing the grave challenge of terrorism, a threat to the global community.
J&K affected by terrorism sponsored and supported from across the border. My Govt is committed to combating terrorism, and ensure that perpetrators of these acts are brought to justice.
India ratified Paris agreement on 2nd Oct 2016, thereby sending a strong message of our commitment to combating climate change.
My Govt reiterates commitment to fulfill aspirations of its people.
Full text of the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee while addressing to members of both houses of Parliament