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Budget Session 2019: President Kovind List Out Government’s Achievements

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| January 31 , 2019 , 14:27 IST

President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday addressed a joint session of Parliament on the first day of the Budget Session and listed out National Democratic Alliance’s achievements.

It will be the last session of the 16th Lok Sabha as the elections are likely to be held in April-May.

President said in his speech said that compromising with security needs is not in the interest of the present and future of the country. New deals in last year, purchase defensive equipment raise the d morale of defence. After decades, Indian Air Force will use ultramodern Rafale aircraft in coming months and strengthen itself.

Praising governments scheme he said in 2017-18, more than 123 million people have traveled in the country. Under UDAN scheme, 12 lakh seats have been made available to the people at a reduced price. Due to this, today's ordinary family person is getting an opportunity to fly in the airplane. GST is a long-term policy and is a boon for the business sector. The taxpayers in the country trust this government.

He continued, under Jan Dhan Yojana, 34 crore people have opened a bank account & almost every family in the country is connected to the banking system. According to an international agency, 55% of the total bank accounts opened between 2014-2017 were opened in India itself.

He further said that the country was going through times of uncertainty before the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. And after the polls, his government resolved to make new India.

He continued, “In the last four and half years, my government has given new hope, confidence to the people and country's prestige has been enhanced.”

Approvals for works of more than Rs 66,000 crore out of Rs 80,000 crore package have been given by the government for development in Jammu and Kashmir, says President.

On Friday, day two of the session, interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal will present Modi government's sixth and final Budget, which will be an interim one, keeping up with established tradition.

The Budget will seek Parliament's nod for spending for four months till a new government is sworn-in.

During the session, the government is expected to push for the passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the Triple Talaq Bill.