Hope Triple Talaq Bill is passed by Parliament: Prez

30 January, 2018, 01:28 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Finance Minister will present the Union Budget 2018 for the fiscal year 2018-19 on February 1

"I hope the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill will be passed soon so that the Muslim women can live a life of dignity and without fear", Kovind said in his maiden address to the joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament at the start of the Budget Session.

Earlier, PM Narendra Modi appealed to the opposition to pass the Triple Talaq Bill, which criminalises instant divorce.

The President said in the electronic manufacturing sector, there are now over 113 mobile phone companies working in the country.

The President said, "Empowerment not appeasement of minorities is our Government's mantra".

"As a result of government policies and the hardwork of farmers, a record production of more than 275 million tonnes of food grain and about 300 million tonne of horticulture produce has been achieved in the country". The President said, to ensure that benefits of development reach all sections of society, the Central Government is actively pursuing the work of connecting all villages under the 'Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.


The President said that Aadhaar has helped in securing the rights of the poor by eliminating middlemen.

Addressing to the joint session, Kovind said, "The Union government is committed to double the income of farmers by the year 2022". "2.5 lakh Panchayats have already been connected so far", President Kovind said. The President said the government's "Beti Bachao Beti Padhao" scheme has been extended from 161 districts to 640 districts.

In his 45-minute address, which was peppered by frequent applause by Union ministers and members of the ruling dispensation, the President also spoke about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "New India" initiative and said that each citizen had a role to play in "nation-building". "Employment opportunities have been provided to the youth belonging to Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Parsi and Jain communities through programmes such as "Seekho Aur Kamao", "Usttad", "Garib Nawaz Kaushal Vikas Yojana", "Nai Roshni", he said. "While only 76 airports of the country were connected with commercial flights since Independence, under the aegis of "UDAN", work has been initiated to connect 56 airports and 31 helipads in a short span of 15 months".

Mr Kovind said the target is to provide road connectivity to every village by 2019. FDI from the USA increased from $36 billion to $60 during the last three years, for which the president credited "appropriate policies" made by the government.

The government implemented GST in 2017 and has managed to reduce the fiscal deficit and current account deficit.

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