The Budget Session of the Parliament has already begun at 11 am, which started with the President’s address, and will be followed by the Finance Minister tabling the Economic Survey 2022.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi enunciated that the session would showcase India’s economic growth to the world. “In today’s global situation, there are a lot of opportunities for India. This session instils confidence in the world regarding the country’s economic progress, vaccination program, and Made in India vaccines,” said PM Modi.
The Prime minister in his speech requested the legislators not to miss the session while campaigning for the elections. “It is true that polls affect sessions and discussions. But I request all MPs that elections will go on but the Budget Session draws a blueprint for the entire year. The more fruitful we make it, the better our economic progress will be.”
Acclaiming India’s battle against the pandemic, President Ram Nath Kovind, while addressing the Budget Session of the Parliament, said “India’s capability to fight COVID-19 was evident in its vaccination program. In less than a year, we made a record of administering over 150 crore doses of vaccine. Today, we’re one of the leading nations in the world when it comes to the number of doses given.”
“I bow down to the freedom fighters who prioritised their duties and helped India get its rights. I also respectfully remember the personalities who contributed to the development of India in the 75 years of Independence,” the president added.
The President lauded the Central government for its welfare schemes, he stated, “To ensure that no one returns home hungry, my govt distributed free rations to the poor every month as part of the PM Gareeb Kalyan Yojana. Today, India is running the world’s largest food distribution program. Also, the Ayushman Bharat card has benefitted the poor. Availability of medicines at low prices at Jan Aushadi Kendra was also a great move.”
Other highlights of President Kovind’s address included some major key points upon the heath and common needs of the public. He stated that the WHO Traditional Centre of Medicine will be set up in the country.
He said, “My govt. follows B.R. Ambedkar’s vision, and backward castes are getting represented in the country.” The government is furnishing free rations to beneficiaries through PM Garib Kalyan Yojana. He further added that the government has begun an e-shram portal and street vendors have linked with food delivery organizations in the country.
On the emerging digital India movement, he stated that through Digital India and Digital Economy, citizens’ accounts are linked, and the country is getting digitally strong.