President speech LIVE updates Budget Session 2018: President Ram Nath Kovind in his first address to the joint sitting of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha said that 2018 is an important year for realising the dream of ‘New India’. President Kovind said that empowerment and not appeasement of minorities is the government’s mantra. President in his joint address said that he is hopeful that triple talaq bill will be passed by Parliament so that Muslim women can live with dignity. After the speech, finance minister Arun Jaitley will table the Economic Survey 2017-18. The phase one of the budget session which got underway today will go on until February 9. The Parliament will meet again after recess from March 5 to April 6. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the current BJP-led NDA regime’s last full-fledged budget on February 1.
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11.43 AM: Come together, let us all go together to achieve the ideals of our constitution and brotherhood, move in one direction, walk one loyally, and proceed with full energy for the creation of a grand India. Jai Hind! – President Kovind
11.43 AM: The dream of a new India is not of any political party or organization. It reflects the aspirations of 130 million people of the country. In order to fulfill this dream, we all have to work together with complete dedication – President Kovind
11.42 AM: In 2022, when our country celebrates 75 years of independence, achieving these goals will not only fulfill the dreams of freedom fighters and nation-makers, but will also strengthen the foundation of new India – President Kovind
11.41 AM: Therefore, discussions and dialogue should be discussed on the issue of holding elections together and consent should be made between all political parties – President Kovind
11.40 AM: After Independence while only 76 Airports were connected to Commercial flights, under ‘Udaan’ 56 Airports and 31 Helipads are being connected to commercial flights within 15 months only: President Ram Nath Kovind
11.40 AM: In the conscious people of governance, there is concern about the continuous election in any part of the country, due to the adverse effects of the fall. With repeated elections, the burden of human resources increases, with the implementation of the code of conduct, the development process of the country is also interrupted – President Kovind
11.39 AM: Due to these efforts of my government, India has reached the rank of 142 to 100 in the ranking of the Ease of Doing Business of the World Bank in three years. This has enhanced the credibility of the world market – President Kovind
11.39 AM: Our fight against corruption continues. In the last one year, about 350,000 suspicious companies have been canceled – President Kovind
11.39 AM: My government is also committed to strengthening the banking system and bringing transparency in it. It has also been decided to re-capitalization of public sector banks with capital investment of more than Rs. 2 lakh crores for this – President Kovind
11.38 AM: For the economic integration of the country, the government has done the biggest tax reform after Independence in the form of Goods and Services Tax. National Anti-Profiteering Authority has also been constituted by my government to provide the benefits of lowering prices to consumers – President Kovind
11.38 AM: Despite slow global economic growth, India’s growth rate has been impressive. In the economy, from the first quarter of 2016-17, there is a temporary slowdown in GDP growth. In the second quarter of the year 2017-18 this decline has changed – President Kovind
11.38 AM: The beginning of Chabahar Port is a historic event. The first shipments of wheat have been sent to Afghanistan through this port. This year, there has also been a beginning of the aerial corridor between India and Afghanistan, in which the cargo handling has begun – President Kovind
11.37 AM: After joining the Missile Technology Control Regime last year, India has been included in the Wassenar Arrangement and Australia Group as a member this year. This success has been achieved after a long struggle and one important achievement of my government is – President Kovind
11.37 AM: Due to diplomatic efforts of the government, India has received a new honor in the world. India has got representation in the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the International Maritime Organization and the Economic and Social Council. India’s success in ICJ election – President Kovind
11.36 AM: Today all the Indians settled in any corner of the world have the confidence that if they fall into trouble anywhere, their government will take them safely and bring them home. Since the year 2014 more than 90,000 Indians stranded in crisis abroad have been brought back – President Kovind
11.36 AM: My government has paid outstanding amount of more than Rs. 10,000 crores to more than 2 million retired soldiers while fulfilling their promise of ‘One Rank One Pension’ – President Kovind
11.36 AM: The service of humanity has been an integral part of India’s cultural heritage. India has always been present as the first responder due to the earthquake in Nepal or the disaster of flood in Sri Lanka, or the crisis of drinking water in the Maldives – President Kovind
11.35 AM: The policy related to strategic partnership in the defense manufacturing sector has also been finalized. This will lead to greater participation of private sector and job creation in the construction of key defense platforms and equipments – President Kovind
11.35 AM: Recently, my government has approved a plan of more than Rs 18,000 crores for modernization of police forces – President Kovind
11.35 AM: Under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana’, about 10 crore loans have been sanctioned so far and more than Rs 4 lakh crore worth of loans have been disbursed. About 3 crore first time beneficiaries have received assistance under this scheme for self employment: President Kovind
11.35 AM: Terrorist violence in the interior areas of Jammu and Kashmir is directly linked to cross-border intrusion. Our military and paramilitary forces and the J & K Police are giving a fair answer to this violence, with better coordination – President Kovind
11.34 AM: For this, conscious people of these areas and our military, semi army officers and our police force deserve to be congratulated. We appreciate all our leaders and pay homage to the martyrs who are martyred – President Kovind
11.34 AM: Due to regular efforts of the Central Government and the State Governments, there has been significant improvement in the internal security of the country. In the Northeast, the security situation has also changed. Events of Naxalite-Maoist violence have also come down – President Kovind
11.34 AM: My government is giving full thrust on increasing the connectivity route in the north-east. Last year, the country’s longest river bridge, Dhola-Sadia, has also been dedicated to the nation. This bridge has reduced the distance between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by 165 km – President Kovind
11.33 AM: In the last three years, the Government has sanctioned a plan of Rs. 10,000 crores to strengthen the transmission and distribution network in the North-East – President Kovind
11.33 AM: With the vision to bring the benefits of development to every area of the country, my government is working with sensitivity to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of the people of the North-East – President Kovind
11.33 AM: With the effort of India, the International Solar Coalition has become a legislative body. Its headquarters has been established in India – President Kovind
11.33 AM: Along with protecting the environment, electricity saving in the country is also 10,000 crore units per year. Solar energy production has increased 7 times in the last three years – President Kovind
11.32 AM: More than 28 crore LED bulbs have been distributed in the country under ‘Ujala Yojana’. More than 500 million LED bulbs have been sold by the private sector. This will save the poor and middle class electricity bill more than Rs 40,000 crore annually – President Kovind
11.31 AM: My government has ensured the availability of electricity at affordable rates by completing the work of ‘One Nation One Grid’. About 1.5 lakh crores of schemes have been implemented to strengthen the power distribution system in every village and town of the country – President Kovind
11.30 AM: For the first time such an opportunity has come when the expansion of power capacity in the country has increased more than the target. Now India has become a power net exporter. The task of delivering electricity to 18,000 villages is also moving towards fullness – President Kovind
11.30 AM: After independence, only 76 airports in the country were connected to commercial flights, while work has been started to connect 56 airports and 31 helipads in just 15 months of the ‘Flying’ scheme. So far flights have been started from 16 such airports – President Kovind
11.29 AM: My government has also created a new policy for Metro projects. The emphasis on ‘Last Mile Connectivity’ has been emphasized in the new policy. In the country, Metro projects are going on in 11 cities now – President Kovind
11.28 AM: Government has approved a new major program ‘Bharatmala’ in the highway area. An amount of Rs 535,000 crores has been made for this. To increase the National Corridor Efficiency, National Highways of approximately 53,000 km have been identified – President Kovind
11.27 AM: For the small towns of the country can be connected by air, and the lower middle class, middle class and youth can avail the benefits of air travel easily, at low cost, ‘Flying country’s common citizen’ i.e., ‘flying’ scheme has been started – President Kovind
11.27 AM: Investment is constantly being increased in the railway for capacity development and modernization. My government is committed to world class railway services. Work of Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed bullet train has also started – President Kovind
11.26 AM: Due to commendable efforts in the electronics manufacturing sector, there are 113 mobile companies in the country, whose number was only 2 in 2014. This is also providing new opportunities for employment to our youth in small towns of the country – President Kovind
11.26 AM: The poor beneficiaries are directly reaching the facilities available to them, without intermediaries, through the Aadhaar. Digital payments are being made in more than 400 schemes of the present government. So far, the amount of more than Rs. 57,000 crore has been saved in the wrong hands – President Kovind
11.25 AM: ‘Bhima App’ is playing a big role in promoting digital transactions. More than 100 public utilities have been made available on mobile by the recently launched ‘Umang App’ – President Kovind
11.24 AM: My government is running the world’s largest digital literacy program under ‘Prime Minister Rural Digital Literacy Campaign’. Under the program, so far 10 million people have been digitally educated – President Kovind
11.22 AM: India’s ambitious space program, national development and regional and international collaboration is achieving new achievements. For the first time in the world, ISRO successfully launched 104 satellites – President Kovind
11.21 AM: I hope the Triple Talaq Bill will be passed soon so that the Muslim women can live a life of dignity and without fear: President Ram Nath Kovind
11.21 AM: It is a matter of pride for all that Kumbh Mela has been included in UNESCO’s list of ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’. Ahmedabad has been ranked as the first ‘Heritage City’ by UNESCO. UNESCO has ranked Chennai as the list of Creative Cities – President Kovind
11.20 AM: My government has increased the minimum wage of workers by more than 40 percent. The number of registers has been reduced from 56 to 5 for adhering to labor laws. Now all the returns on the labor facility portal are filled online – President Kovind
11.20 AM: Industry or companies that are creating new opportunities for jobs are being provided financial assistance under ‘Prime Minister’s Employment Incentive Scheme’. More than 20 lakh beneficiaries have received help from this scheme: President Kovind
11.19 AM: My government, active for the bright future of the youth, is working on making 20 ‘Institutes of Amines’ in the country. Under this Mission 10,000 crores financial assistance will be given to selected educational institutions – President Kovind
11.19 AM: My government has approved the formation of an autonomous test organization ‘National Testing Agency’ for conducting all the examinations of higher educational institutions in the country – President Kovind
11.19 AM: More than 2,400 ‘Atal Tinkering Labs’ have been approved under ‘Atal Innovation Mission’ by my government, so that the foundation of entrepreneurship and creativity can be put into the children from a young age – President Kovind
11.18 AM: In order to increase the availability of doctors, 13 thousand seats of MBBS and more than 7,000 posts of Post Graduate have been approved. In order to ensure quality and transparency in medical education, the government has also introduced ‘National Medical Commission Bill’ in the Lok Sabha – President Kovind
11.18 AM: Under the ‘Deendayal Amrit Yojana’, a concession of more than 5,200 life-saving branded medicines and surgical implants is being given from 60 percent to 90 percent by 111 outlets – President Kovind
11.18 AM: 800 types of medicines are being given to the poor at cheaper rates through ‘Prime Minister’s Pharmaceuticals’ centers. The number of these centers has reached 3,000 – President Kovind
11.18 AM: My government has created a new ‘National Health Policy’ for poor and middle class people for better and affordable healthcare – President Kovind
11.18 AM: In the last three and a half years, more than 93 lakh houses have been constructed in urban and rural areas. Under the ‘Pradhanmantri Awas Yojana- Urban’, 6 percent interest rate is being given in the interest rate to make the poor home – President Kovind
11.16 AM: With the sensitive thinking, my government is working on the goal of making the home available to every disabled poor family by 2022, who has a roof over his head, and has access to water-power-toilets: – President Kovind
11.16 AM: Work has started to connect villages with Broadband connectivity. 2.5 lakh Panchayats have already been connected so far: President Ram Nath Kovind
11.15 AM: There are more than two and a half million people in our country. The government has enforced the ‘Divyanjanjan Rule Act 2016’. The provision for reservation for government schools for 4% and higher education for 5% has been made: President Kovind
11.15 AM: For empowering the poor to spread the light of life and to be able to walk on the path of development, my government is giving electricity connections to 40 million poor under the “good luck” scheme – President Kovind
11.15 AM: With the thought of delivering development to every section of the society, the work of ‘Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana’ is progressing fast. In 2014, only 56% of the villages were connected with road connectivity. Now more than 82% of the villages have been connected to the streets, most of which are in remote areas – President Kovind
11.14 AM: My government, sensitive to the aspirations of every section of the society, has introduced the Constitution Amendment Bill to give constitutional status to the ‘National Backward Classes Commission’ – President Kovind
11.14 AM: It is mandatory for every poor to get enough food to make effective the purpose of the law. Under the National Food Security Act, the provision of giving foodgrains at affordable rates to all states of the country is being made transparent and leakage proof – President Kovind
11.13 AM: Under the ‘Prime Minister’s Crop Insurance Scheme’, affordable and simple insurance services are being provided to the farmers. During the year 2017, for the crops of Rabi and Kharif, 5 crore 71 lakh farmers have been provided security cover under this scheme – President Kovind
11.12 AM: My government has made available insurance plans to the poor at a rupee per month and 90 paisa per day premium. So far, more than 18 crore poor have joined ‘Prime Minister’s Security Insurance Scheme’ and ‘Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojna’ – President Kovind
11.11 AM: My government is also committed to the social security of the elderly. Nearly 80 lakh senior citizens are benefitting under the ‘Atal Pension Scheme’ – President Kovind
11.10 AM: About 2 lakh 70 thousand Common Service Centers have been built across the country, which are also delivering digital delivery of various services in remote areas of the country at cheap rates – President Kovind
11.09 AM: The Government has taken a major step by changing the Maternity Benefit Act. A provision of 26 weeks leave has been made for women, including salary in place of 12 weeks. Now working women will find more time to take care of their newborns – President Kovind
11.08 AM: My government started the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Practice’ scheme to end discrimination with daughters. Given the positive results of this scheme, its scope has now been increased from 161 districts to 640 districts – President Kovind.
11.07 AM: My government has presented a bill in relation to three divorces. I hope Parliament will soon make it legal. After three law divisions, Muslim sisters and daughters will be able to live a fearless life with self respect – President Kovind
11.06 AM: Respect for Muslim women remained hostage to political gains and loss for many decades. Now the country has got an opportunity to get rid of this situation – President Kovind
11.05 AM: Poor women have given ‘Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojna’ an opportunity to equate women with facilities and solve an unseen side of social justice. So far, more than 34 million gas connections have been provided under the scheme – President Kovind
11.01 AM: We all have the obligation that, when the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is celebrated in 2019, we should make our country clean completely and express our sincere reverence to Pujya Bapu – President Kovind
11.00 AM: My government is working dedicatedly to strengthen weaker sections, social justice and economic democracy in the country and make life easier for the common citizen, following the inherent fundamentals in the Constitution: President Ram Nath Kovind
10.58 AM: President of India starts his speech by talking about the festivals and ASEAN leaders visiting the country for the Republic Day.
10.55 AM: President Ram Nath Kovind arrives at the Parliament.
10.45 AM: Visuals of President Ram Nath Kovind.
10.40 AM: President Ram Nath Kovind has left for the Parliament from Rashtrapati Bhawan to address the joint session of two houses.
10.37 AM: We should make use of our system of parliamentary committees and discuss aspects of the Budget 2018. We should think about the well-being of rural India, farmers, Dalits, tribal communities and labourers: PM Modi
10.35 AM: This budget session is important. The world is extremely optimistic about India. The budget will add new vigour to India’s development and will fulfil aspirations of people: PM Narendra Modi.
10.34 AM: I make a humble request to all parties that we can pass the bill on Triple Talaq. We have to pass this bill and protect the Muslim women: PM Narendra Modi
10.33 AM: We should make most use of our healthy system of parliamentary committees and discuss aspects of the budget. Let us think about the well-being of rural India, our farmers, Dalits, tribal communities, Mazdoors: PM Narendra Modi.
10.32 AM: PM Narendra talked about the Triple Talaq bill. PM acknowledged the need for the bill.
10.30 AM: PM Narendra Modi talks to the media ahead of the day one of the budget session today.
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9.30 am: In his radio programme, Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to President Ram Nath Kovind’s initiative to meet a group of “extraordinary” women, who were all path-breakers, and said women had broken through orthodoxy to achieve “extraordinary success”. Kovind had recently met India’s first woman merchant navy captain, the first woman passenger train driver and firefighter, among others, he said, calling them the “first ladies” in their respective fields.
9.15 am: This will be the first address to the joint session of Parliament by President Ram Nath Kovind.
9.00 am: President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday addressed the nation with an emotional message on the eve of India’s 69th Republic Day. Read Here.
8.45 am: At 1 pm today, this year´s Economic Survey of India to be tabled in Parliament.
8.30 am: Budget session 2018 of the parliament will start today. The phase one of the budget session will start from today and will go on until February 9. The Parliament will meet again after recess from March 5 to April 6.
8.00 am: President Kovind will address the Joint Sitting of both Houses – Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha of Parliament at 11 am.