Budget 2017: President Pranab Mukherjee addresses joint session of Parliament

Pranab Mukherjee. Photograph:( Others )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 31, 2017, 06.29 AM (IST)

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee started off budget 2017 by addressing both the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday. 

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The Economic Survey will be tabled later in the day while the Rail and General Budget will be presented together on Wednesday, a departure from tradition. 

Some 34 bills will also be introduced for passing and consideration. These include three ordinances which will be replaced through bills: The ordinance of Enemy Property, Payment of Wages and Specified Bank Notes.

Here are some key quotes from the Indian President's speech: 

  • Resilience demonstrated by our countrymen particularly the poor, in the fight against black money and corruption, is remarkable.
  • Postal network has wider network with over 1.5 lakh crore reach.
  • Under Deendayal Upadhyay Yojana, deprived sections have been provided 16,000 crore.
  • Over 1.2 crore consumers have voluntarily given up their subsidy and it has helped the poor.
  • 1.4 lakh villages, over 450 cities, 70 districts and 23 states have declared them open defecation free.
  •  At the core of all my government policies, is the welfare of 'gareeb', 'peedit', 'Dalit', 'vanchhit'. 
  • 26 crore plus Jan Dhan accounts have been opened. Over 20 crore RuPay card have been given to enable cashless scheme.
  • My government has taken various initiatives to improve the quality of life of poor.
  • My government is committed to provide shelter to the homeless under Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojna. 
  • In farmer’s welfare lies the country’s economic prosperity.  My government has taken many steps to improve the lives of farmers.
  • Affordable credit, improved irrigation facilities, improved productivity through soil health care cards. Three crore Kisan or farmer cards will be converted to rupee debit cards.
  • My government is making " naari shakti" an integral part of our development journey, they deserve equal opportunities.
  • PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Deepa illustrate strength of our women.

  • Social and economic equality for deprived sections is the first promise of our constitution, our Govt is committed to fulfilling it.

  • Through the Stand-Up India initiative, the govt plans to empower over 2-and-a-half lakh SCs, STs and women entrepreneurs.

  • North East is our gateway for trade and communication with South East Asia.

  • India has been facing grave challenge of terrorism, threat to global community.

  • India gave a befitting reply to repeated incursions by conducting successful surgical strikes.

  • J&K affected by terrorism sponsored and supported from across the border.

(Agencies)

 

 

 

 

 

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