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Budget session LIVE: Government is known for completing projects in record time, says President Kovind

Budget session LIVE: President Ram Nath Kovind is also to address a joint sitting today to list out the achievements of the ruling NDA government.

By HT Correspondent | Jan 31, 2019 18:40 IST

The budget session of Parliament which begins today is expected to be stormy as the opposition will seek to corner the NDA on a number of issues including Rafale, unemployment and farmer issue.

President Ram Nath Kovind is also to address a joint sitting today to list out the achievements of the ruling NDA government. The joint sitting will take place in both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha at Parliament House Complex.

Here are the live updates:

12:07 pm IST

Lets work towards building a new India: President Kovind

In the past 5 years, 2,60,000 Indians stuck abroad were brought back to India. I would like to congratulate all the youngsters who will be voting for the first time this year. A new India where every child is able to progress and every daughter is safe is what we want. Lets all hope and work towards taking India to a new height, President Kovind said as he concluded addressing the joint sitting session.

12:00 pm IST

India is world’s 2nd largest manufacturer of mobile phones: President Kovind

While saying that the number of passport centres in the country has increased and that people don’t need to go big cities anymore to get their passports made, the president also confirmed that India is now the world’s second largest manufacturer of mobile phones.

11:51 am IST

‘GST is a boon for business’

The goods and services tax (GST) is a long-term policy which is making business transparent. GST is a boon for business and some changes have been made to it after suggestions from the business community, said President Kovind.

11:49 am IST

‘Tax paying citizen now confident his money is being put into right use’

Major increase in people who file income tax returns. The tax paying citizen is now confident his money is being put into right use, president Kovind said while listing out the achievements of the NDA government.

11:43 am IST

‘Government has taken strong steps against black money’

The government has strong steps against black money. Agreements have been agreed with countries considered as tax havens. Demonetisation was a major step against black money, it brought unaccounted cash back into system. Shell companies were forced to close shop

11: 38 am IST

NDA to hold a meeting in the Parliament later today

The NDA will be holding a meeting in the Parliament later today, according to news agency ANI.

11:35 am IST

MSP increased to empower farmers: President Kovind

The government is working on policies to empower farmers. The minimum support price (MSP) of crops has been increased to benefit farmers, President Kovind said.

11:33 am IST

‘Citizenship bill will make it easier to provide Indian citizenship to those who had to take refuge here’

President Kovind said the Citizenship Amendment Bill will make it easier to provide Indian citizenship to those who had to take refuge in India after facing oppression somewhere else. “They were not at fault, they were victims of situations.”

11: 22 am IST

Government has tried find solutions to all kinds of injustice: Kovind

To end all kinds of injustice in the country, my government has taken a lot of steps. We have decided to punish rapists of minors with death sentence. We have also brought up the issue of triple talaq to fight for the rights of women, President Kovind said at the joint sitting.

11:20 am IST

More than 6 crore gas connections in houses under Ujjwala scheme:  

Most of our mothers, sisters and daughters, would remain sick because of the smoke released from stove and thus the health of the whole family was affected. Under the Ujjwala scheme, more than 6 crore gas connections have been given so far, said President Kovind.

11:18 am IST

‘Government committed to enlightening life of every Indian’

My government is committed to lighting up the life of every person of the country, President Kovind said as he listed out the achievements of the NDA government on behalf of PM Modi.

11:11 am IST

Swacch Bharat made lives of women better: President Kovind

Addressing the joint sitting in Parliament, President Ram Nath Kovind said that over 9 crore toilets created under the Swacch Bharat Yojna has made the lives of thousands of women better and helped them to live with dignity.

11:06 am IST

President Kovind starts addressing house

President Ram Nath Kovind has started addressing the joint sitting at Parliament. He is to list out the achievements of the ruling NDA government during the session. He said he is committed to a corruption free India.

10:52 am IST

Oppn wants Rafale debate again, vows to stall govt’s bills

The Congress has demanded another debate on the Rafale deal in Parliament, with a reply by the Prime Minister, signalling its intent to be aggressive in the last session of the 16th Lok Sabha that starts on Thursday. At an all-party meeting convened by Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday, the Congress’s floor leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge warned the government of strong protests if it tries to bring “a full budget” ahead of the general election and even told Mahajan not to get “angry” if such protests continue.

10:41 am IST

Welcome an open discussion in Parliament: PM Modi

“I am sure everyone will be able to understand the impending issues in the country. I welcome an open discussion in the parliament. I want all of us to put their views forward and have healthy discussions. Sabka saath, sabka vikas is the idea we want to follow,” the Prime Minister said ahead of the budget session.

10:30 am IST

Amit Shah arrives at Parliament