In address to Parliament Prez Mukherjee hails achievements of government ahead of Union Budget

President, Pranab Mukherjee, Parliament, Union Budget, Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley
President, Pranab Mukherjee, Parliament, Union Budget, Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley

President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday addressed the Parliament on the first day of the budget session.

The address comes a day before Union Budget to be presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

The railway budget, which used to be tabled separately in previous years, has been subsumed within the union budget this year.

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12:05 pm: Vice President Hamid Ansari is speaking.

12:03 pm: The Ministry of Tourism has identified a thematic circuit for the North East region, says President.

11:55 am: India launched 8 operational missions covering meteorological, navigation, earth observation & communication satellites. Under the BharatNet Project, Optical Fibre Cables now cover over 75,700 Gram Panchayats. The National Civil Aviation Policy, will give a major boost to air connectivity in the smaller cities and towns, says President Mukherjee.

11:52 am: 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, says President.

11:48 am: 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: President Mukherjee.

11:45 am: Four-decade-old demand of OROP has been fulfilled: President Mukherjee.

11:32 am: Pradhan Mantri YUVA Yojana launched for promoting entrepreneurship education and training amongst 7 lakh students. National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme has been launched with a budget outlay of Rs 10,000 crore, says President Mukherjee.

11:29 am: With motto of “Har Haath ko Hunar”, my government has taken several steps for skilling youth and improving their employability, says President.

11:25 am: 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, says President
11:23 am: Social and economic equality for deprived sections is the first promise of our constitution, our government is committed to fulfil it, says President.

11:20 am: Soaring prices of pulses was matter of great concern around this time last year, my Govt took proactive steps, its now under control, says President Mukherjee.

11:15 am: My government is making Nari shakti an integral part of our development journey: President Mukherjee.

11:13 am: Mission Indradhanush commits to vaccinate “every child everywhere” against preventable diseases. Under Deen Dayal Upadhayay Gram Jyoti Yojana over 11,000 villages have been electrified in a record time. 37 percent of the Ujjwala beneficiaries belong to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes: President Mukherjee.

11:11 am: Under Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana, over Rs. 16000 crore have been made available to SHGs in the current Financial Year: President
11:10 am: Over Rs 2 Lakh Crore has been provided through 5.6 crore loans sanctioned under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana: President.

11:09 am: To take the banking system to the doorstep of the poor and the unbanked, the Indian Postal Payment Bank has been started, says President
11:08 am: Close to 13 crore poor have been covered under various social security schemes: President

11:07 am: Resilience demonstrated by our countrymen particularly the poor, in the fight against black money and corruption, is remarkable: President
11:03 am: My government is guided by the Antyodaya philosophy of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay. Financial inclusion is key to povery alleviation and unprecedented 26 crore+ Jan dhan accounts have been opened: President Mukherjee

11:02 am: President refers to anniversaries of Champaran Satyagraha and Sikh guru Guru Gobind Singh.

11:01 am: This is a historic session heralding advancement of budget cycle and merger of general budget with rail budget for the first time: President Mukherjee

10:55 am: President Mukherjee has arrived at the Central Hall in Parliament for his address to both Houses.

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