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Budget Session Live: Transformation possible if intention is right and will is strong, says President Kovind

LIVE: The Budget Session 2021 of Parliament will be held in two parts starting today. The first part is scheduled to conclude on February 15 while the second part will commence on March 8.

Budget Session Live: Transformation possible if intention is right and will is strong, says President Kovind
Parliament LIVE: Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad has said that 16 opposition parties have jointly decided to boycott the President Ram Nath Kovind's Budget Session address. (PIB)

Budget Session President’s Address Live: The Budget Session of Parliament today kicked off with President Ram Nath Kovind’s address. Addressing the joint session, President Kovind said that the government is vigilant and committed towards nation’s security. He said that nation is indebted to Galvan valley martyrs. The president said that the government has shown over the period of six years that transformation is possible if intention is right and will-power is strong. President Kovind said that this session is important as India enters 75th year of its independence. President Kovind said that the government is committed towards farmers welfare. He highlighted various steps taken by the government for welfare of underprivileged, farmers and rural population. Addressing media outside Parliament, PM Narendra Modi said that the day marks the commencement of the first Session of this decade. He said that this decade is very important for the bright future of India. The PM added that a golden opportunity has come before the nation to fulfil the dreams seen by the freedom fighters. “This decade should be fully utilised. Keeping this in mind, there should be discussions in this session focussing on the decade – this is expected by the nation. I believe that we will not lag behind in making our contribution for the fulfilment of people’s aspiration,” said PM Modi. The session is being held in two parts this year due to COVID-19 pandemic. As per tradition, the President addresses the joint sitting of Parliament at the beginning of the Budget Session every year. Last year as well, President Ram Nath Kovind had addressed the joint sitting of Parliament from the Central Hall. The President’s speech generally highlights the government’s plan and policy vision for the next financial year. The president’s speech also highlights the work carried out by the government in past years.

Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad has said that 16 opposition parties have jointly decided to boycott the president’s address over the manner in which the three farm laws were passed. They have also demanded an independent probe into the Centre’s role in the violence that shook the national capital during the farmers’ tractor parade on Republic Day. Meanwhile, BJP has slammed opposition parties for their decision accusing them of constitutional and moral bankruptcy. The first part of the Budget Session is scheduled to conclude on February 15 while the second part will commence on March 8. It is expected to end on April 8. Given the COVID-19 outbreak, Parliament will sit in two shifts. Morning session is dedicated to Rajya Sabha while Lok Sabha will sit in the evening. The operating hours for Rajya Sabha will be from 9 am to 2 pm. On the other hand, Lok Sabha will function from 4pm to 8pm.

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Budget Session Live President’s Speech: Ram Nath Kovind addresses Parliament today

15:04 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Proceedings of the House begin in Rajya Sabha
13:30 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned till 11am on Monday, February 1.

Lok Sabha adjourned till 11am on Monday, February 1.

13:29 (IST)29 Jan 2021
President is above political differences: Prasad

President is above political differences. He’s Constitutional Head. Respecting him in his Address is healthy practice of democracy. Unfortunate that Oppn, especially Congress who governed this country for 50 yrs, boycotted it. What tradition are they establishing?: RS Prasad, BJP

13:29 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Boycotting President’s Address doesn’t mean insulting him: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress

Boycotting President’s Address doesn’t mean insulting him. We’re standing with farmers & demanding that farm laws be taken back. It’s our biggest reason behind boycotting the Address. We’ll debate when there is a Motion of Thanks and debate: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress MP

13:17 (IST)29 Jan 2021
AAP MP Sanjay Singh says farm laws should be repealed

Farm laws should be repealed. We protested against the President’s Address & raised slogans in support of farmers. We were not allowed inside the Central Hall, so we raised slogans at its gate. Farmers are being called traitors. So, we boycotted the Address: Sanjay Singh, AAP MP

13:15 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Ravi Shankar Prasad says opposition parties boycott unfortunate

Today’s Budget Session commenced with President’s address, but it is really unfortunate that the entire Opposition boycotted it: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

12:58 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Rajya Sabha to resume at 3pm
12:31 (IST)29 Jan 2021
President leaves from Parliament
12:10 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Transformation possible if will is strong: President
12:09 (IST)29 Jan 2021
President lauds DBT implementation
12:08 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Government achieved what once considered tough: President
11:59 (IST)29 Jan 2021
India leading nation in implementing Paris agreement: President
11:55 (IST)29 Jan 2021
India working towards self-reliance in defence: President
11:52 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Government committed towards nations security: President
11:51 (IST)29 Jan 2021
India indebted to Galvan valley martyrs: President
11:49 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Ayushman Bharat scheme benefitting people of Kashmir: President
11:48 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Government working for development of Jammu and Kashmir: President
11:47 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Metro construction work underway in 27 cities: President
11:45 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Government giving new dimension to water transport in India, says President Kovind
11:44 (IST)29 Jan 2021
National Infrastructure Pipeline projects underway for modernising country’s infra: Prez Kovind
11:43 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Government taking development work to remote areas: President
11:41 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Production linked incentive scheme benefitting manufacturing sector: President
11:40 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Government decriminalized many provisions of Company Act: President
11:39 (IST)29 Jan 2021
President says India’s indigenous navigation satellite system making it proud
11:39 (IST)29 Jan 2021
J-A-M trinity ensuring people’s right: President
11:37 (IST)29 Jan 2021
UPI payment growing manifolds in India, says President
11:36 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Rs 1,13,000 crores have been transferred directly to their accounts, under PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi: President Ram Nath Kovind
11:34 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Government took many first steps for women empowerment: President
11:32 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Banks provided Rs 40 thousand crore loan to women SHGs: President
11:31 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Women plays important role in Atma Nirbhar Bharat: President Kovind
11:30 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Government committed to improve living standard of rural people: President
11:27 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Over 100 Kisan rail operated for farmers: President Kovind
11:26 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Government working to develop modern infrastructure for farm sector: President
11:26 (IST)29 Jan 2021
President says no changes made in earlier facilities available to farmers
11:25 (IST)29 Jan 2021
President condemns Red Fort incident
11:21 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Ram Nath Kovind says Ayushman Bharat yojana available in 24000 hospitals across the nation
11:16 (IST)29 Jan 2021
President says India’s vaccination drive a matter of pride
11:12 (IST)29 Jan 2021
President Ram Nath Kovind lauds government for its efforts during COVID-19
11:10 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Six MPs left us untimely due to COVID. I pay my tribute to all of them: President Ram Nath Kovind
11:10 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Rajnath Singh arrives at Parliament
Opposition parties also alleged that the farm bills were brought without any consultations with the states and farmer unions, and lacked national consensus. They claimed that parliamentary scrutiny was bypassed and the laws were pushed through muzzling the Opposition, in brazen violation of parliamentary rules, practices and conventions. The very constitutional validity of these laws remains in question.

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First published on: 29-01-2021 at 07:49 IST