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Budget session Day 1 highlights: Both Houses adjourned for the day, to meet on Feb 1

During his address, President Ram Nath Kovind said that his government had bridged the gap between the rich and the poor and the poor are getting new opportunities to grow and develop. Follow live updates here:

india Updated: Jan 29, 2018 13:13 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The Budget session of the Parliament began with the speech of President Ram Nath Kovind.(Photo: Lok Sabha TV screengrab)

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today tabled the Economic Survey 2017-18 in the Lok Sabha soon after President Pram Nath Kovind’s address to the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament.

As soon as the House met for the first day of the Budget session, Secretary General Snehlata Shrivastava laid a copy of the President’s address.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers, Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, opposition leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Sudip Bandopadhyay and Farooq Abdullah were among others present in the House.

Thereafter, the Speaker adjourned the House for the day. The House will meet on February 1 when the general budget for 2018-19 will be presented by the finance minister.

Here are the highlights:

12.40pm: Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day; to meet on February 1.

12:32pm: A series of major reforms undertaken over the past year will allow real GDP growth to reach 6.75% this fiscal and will rise to 7.0 to 7.5% in 2018-19: Economic Survey

12:30pm: Economic Survey 2017-18 tabled in Lok Sabha by finance minister Arun Jaitley.

11.47am: President Kovind ends his joint session to the parliament. The Economic Survey will be presented by finance minister Arun Jaitley soon.

11.46am: A sustained debate is required on the subject of simultaneous elections and all political parties need to arrive at a consensus on this issue: President Kovind.

11.45am: Our fight against corruption is continuing. In the past one year, registration of about 350,000 suspicious companies have been cancelled: President Kovind.

11.43am: Digital transactions are being done for over 400 policies of the present government. This has saved over Rs 57,000 Crore from going into wrong hands: President Kovind

11.40am: Aadhaar has helped in securing the rights of the poor by eliminating middlemen, says Kovind.

11.32am: It’s a matter of pride for us that Unesco recognised Kumbh Mela as intangible cultural heritage of humanity: President Kovind

11.30am: President Kovind says his government has increased the minimum wage of labourers by over 40%.

11.27am: Empowerment, and not appeasement of minorities, is our government’s mantra, President Kovind.

11.22am: 

11.19am: Work has started to increase broadban connectivity in villages. 2.5 lakh Panchayats have already been connected: President Kovind.

11.18am: President Kovind says that to provide food to everyone, the government under National Food Security Act is providing supplies at minimal rates to the poor.

11.16am: 

11.14am: President Kovind says that his government has bridged the gap between the rich and the poor and the poor are getting new opportunities to grow and develop.

11.12am: Parliament approved a bill granting working woman paid maternity leave of 26 weeks, says Ram Nath Kovind.

11.10am: Mentioning the achievements of his government, President Kovind talks about the achievements of Mudra Yojna, Jan Dhan Yojna, Ujjwal Yojna which have benefitted the common populace of India.

11.08am: I hope the Triple Talaq Bill is passed soon so that Muslim women can live a life of dignity and without fear: President Kovind

11.07am: It is our duty that when we celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary in 2019 we pay tribute to him by making our country completely clean: President Kovind.

11.05am: Baba Saheb Ambedkar used to say that without economic and social democracy, political democracy is unstable, says Ram Nath Kovind.

11.02am: We will realise the dream of ‘New India’ in 2018: President Kovind.

11am: President Ram Nath Kovind arrives at the Parliament. He will be addressing both the Houses at the commencement of Budget session.

10.50am: President Ram Nath Kovind leaves for Parliament. He will address the Joint Sitting of both Houses of Parliament shortly.

10.43am:

10.41am: I request all political parties to make Triple Talaq Bill pass in this Budget session of the Parliament, says PM Modi.

10.40am: We should make use of our system of parliamentary committees and discuss aspects of the Budget. We should think about the well-being of rural India, farmers, Dalits, tribal communities and labourers, says Modi.

10.35am:

10.25am: The Budget session of the Parliament will begin at 11am with the speech of President Ram Nath Kovind.

9.30am: The Triple Talaq Bill had been passed in the Lok Sabha in the Winter Session and will be in focus in the Rajya Sabha this session.

9am: On Sunday, at an all-party meeting, the government said it would “leave no stone unturned” to ensure the passage of the Triple Talaq bill. At the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Budget Session was “very important” and that the government takes suggestions given by all political parties “very seriously.”

8.45am: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said that the Budget Session is scheduled to have a total of 31 sittings spread over 68 days. Parliament will be adjourned for recess on February 9 to reassemble on March 5. The session would conclude on April 6.

First Published: Jan 29, 2018 09:36 IST