President’s Parliament address gets Cabinet nod

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the Cabinet meeting during which MoUs India was likely to sign with ASEAN countries in the next few days were also cleared.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2018 19:58 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
President,Ram Nath Kovind,Parliament address
Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan calls upon President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

The Union Cabinet cleared on Wednesday President Ram Nath Kovind’s speech which he will deliver in Parliament at a joint sitting of both the Houses on February 29, the first day of the Budget session, official sources said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who returned from Davos today, chaired the Cabinet meeting during which MoUs India was likely to sign with ASEAN countries in the next few days were also cleared.

In an unprecedented event, all the ASEAN leaders will also be the chief guests at the Republic Day parade.

ASEAN comprises Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos and Brunei.

Kovind’s speech, sources said, will highlight the government’s focus on development and efforts to empower the backward and weaker sections of the society.

The first leg of the Budget session is scheduled between January 29-February 9 during which the BJP-led government will present its last full-fledged budget.

First Published: Jan 24, 2018 19:58 IST