Govt will allow women in all fighter streams, says Prez

  • HT Correspondent, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 29, 2016 09:14 IST
President of India addressing joint parliamentery session before Budget Session 2016. (Screengrab)

The Budget session of Parliament is all set for a stormy start on Tuesday with major opposition parties planning to corner the government on the Jat agitation for reservation and the Jawaharlal Nehru University row over ‘nationalism’.

At the all-party meeting on Monday convened by parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu, the Opposition dubbed the BJP-RSS stand on the JNU row as “fascist nationalism”, drawing a parallel between the Nazi regime’s false propaganda with the “doctored evidence” against students of the capital’s premier university.


12: 30 pm Concluding his speech, President Pranab Mukherjee said democratic temper calls for debate and discussion and not disruption or obstruction of Parliament.

12: 15 pm The government will allow women in all fighter streams of the armed forces, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Tuesday.

“Shakti, which means power, is the manifestation of female energy. This shakti defines our strength. My government has approved induction of women as short service commission officers and as fighter pilots in Indian Air Force,” he said.

“In the future, my government will induct women in all fighter streams of our armed forces,” the President said in his address to the joint sitting of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

12 PM Addressing the joint session of Parliament, President Pranab Mukherjee said poverty is the worst form of violence. “Poorest of poor entitled to nation’s resources My government will make this goal possible through social security and financial inclusion,” he added.

“My govt in particular is focussed on ‘Garibon Ki Unnati’, ‘Kisano Ki Samridhi’ and ‘Yuvaon Ka Rozgar”.

In his customary address to the joint sitting of both the Houses of Parliament outlining government’s agenda in the coming financial year, he also declared that the government will constantly strive for smooth and construction conduct of Parliamentary business.

The president said the government has launched 3 new social security and pension schemes and is committed to provide housing to all by 2022.

“My government’s innovative initiatives have helped India jump 12 places in the latest rankings by World Bank on Ease of Doing Business,” he said.

Highlighting the government’s achievements, Mukherjee said ‘Make in India’ initiative has resulted in a 39% increase in FDI inflow despite adverse global investment climate.

There has also been a strong focus on strengthening ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha & sowa-rigpa and homoeopathy, he said.

Mukherjee was addressing the parliamentarians of both the houses -- Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha -- in a joint sitting ahead of the commencement of the budget session.

He said: “The development philosophy of the government was ‘Sabka saath, Sabka vikas’.

He said that the government was for the welfare of the farmers, who were a vital part for the nation’s prosperity.

11: 15 AM Well being of farmers is vital to the nation’s prosperity: Mukherjee

While measures have been taken to eliminate scope of corruption, government has been unsparing in punishing the corrupt, President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday.

On the coal sector, the President said the government has introduced dynamic and comprehensive reforms and conducted transparent auction/allocation of over 70 coal blocks. These, he said, will immensely benefit the eastern states in years to come.

“Strong emphasis on increasing coal production has resulted in a record 9.8 per cent growth in CIL’s coal production and highest-ever output of coal. This has also led to reduced imports of coal,” Mukherjee said.

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