President’s address to Parliament highlights: President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday underlined the achievements of the government in the sphere of national security, the UN listing of Masood Azhar, steps taken for the benefit of farmers and measures it introduced to help improve people’s lives in the last five years. Addressing a joint session of Parliament on the first day of the Budget Session, the first session since Lok Sabha elections were announced on May 23, the President touched upon a number of issues which included cross-border strikes on terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s One Nation One Election proposal as well as the contentious issue of triple talaq as he set out the government’s vision for the next five years.
A day after PM Modi convened an all-party meeting to discuss the implementation of One Nation One election, the President observed that this is an idea whose time has come. He said its implementation should be considered for the continuous growth of the country, which will also benefit citizens. He said that if this is implemented all political parties irrespective of their ideologies can focus their energy on issues of development and public service in a better manner.
With a discussion on Triple Talaq expected in the Parliament this session, President Kovind called for equality of women in the society said its time practices like nakah halala and Triple Talaq are removed. “I would urge all the members to cooperate in these efforts to make the lives of our sisters and daughters better and dignified,” he added. The President further said the government with its slogan of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ is looking to uplift all sections of the society and has introduced a number of schemes that will benefit one and all. Listing out the goals for the government in the next five years, the President said that it aims to lift India to a $5 trillion economy and believes in the idea of inclusive growth. Ending his speech, President Kovind urged all newly elected members in LokSabha to devote themselves to the cause of national development and work towards it with utmost sincerity.