President’s address to Parliament
President Smt. Droupadi Murmu on 31st January addressed a joint session of parliament ahead of the Budget. President Smt. Droupadi Murmu while addressing the session, this 25-year period of Amritkal is the golden century of independence and the period of building a developed India. She added, “These 25 years are for all of us and for every citizen of the country to show the culmination of our duties we have to build such a nation by 2047, which is associated with the glory of the past and which has every golden chapter of modernity, she says.We have to make such an India which is self- reliant and which is also able to fulfill its humanitarian obligations. Such an India – in which there is no poverty, whose middle class is also full of glory.
The President outlined an idea for the country by 2047. She said, We have to create such an India – whose youth power and women power stand at the forefront to give direction to the society and the nation, whose youth walk two steps ahead of time
The President outlined an idea for the country by 2047. She said, We have to create such an India – whose youth power and women power stand at the forefront to give direction to the society and the nation, whose youth walk two steps ahead of time.
World’s outlook towards India has changed
She said, “In almost nine years of my government’s term, the people of India have witnessed many positive changes for the first time. The biggest change is that today, every Indian’s confidence is at its peak and the world’s outlook towards India has changed. India which once looked at others for solutions to most of its problems, is today emerging as a provider of solutions for the issues faced by the world.” Lord Basaveshwara had said – ‘Kayakave Kailasa’ which means Karma is worship and Shiva is in the Karma itself. Following this path, my government is actively engaged in performing the duty of nation building. Today, India has a government which is stable, fearless, decisive and working with lofty ambitions. Today, India has a government which respects the honest. Today, India has a government working for permanent solution of the problems of the poor and their lasting empowerment.Today, India has a government working at an unprecedented speed and scale. Today, India has a government that gives pre-eminence to public welfare by leveraging innovation and technology. Today, India has a government which is committed to removing every obstacle being faced by women. Today, there is a
‘Poverty eradication’ is no longer just a slogan. Now my government is working towards empowering the poor by providing a permanent addressal to their concerns
government in India which is committed to progress as well as the protection of nature. Today, India has a government that preserves heritage while also embracing modernity. Today, India has a government which is moving forward confidently to play its rightful role on the global stage.” In the last few years, the Benami Property Act was notified with a view to create a corruption-free ecosystem. The Fugitive Economic Offenders Act was passed to confiscate the properties of criminals who absconded after committing economic offences. An effective system has also been put in place to end the practice of favouritism and corruption in government machinery. Today, there is a Government-e-Marketplace (GeM) system for tenders and government procurement, in which transactions worth more than Rupees 3 lakh crore have taken place so far.
“Today, special honor is being bestowed upon those making an honest contribution in nation building. Life of our countrymen has been made easier by doing away with the complexities of filing income tax returns. Promotion of faceless assessment has brought about transparency and accountability in the system. Earlier, there was a long wait for tax refunds. Today, refunds are received within a few days of filing ITRs. Today, the GST regime has provided transparency, along with ensuring the dignity of taxpayers. From Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile trinity, which is weeding out fake beneficiaries to launching One Nation One Ration Card, we have undertaken major enduring reforms. Over the years, the country has developed a stable and transparent regime in the form of DBT and Digital India. Today, the monetary benefits of more than 300 schemes are directly reaching the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. So far, an amount of more than Rupees 27 lakh crore has reached crores of beneficiaries with complete transparency. The World Bank report acknowledges that it was only due to such schemes and mechanisms that India was able to prevent crores of people from falling below the poverty line during the Covid pandemic. Every taxpayer feels proud when corruption is reined in and every penny of tax is put to good use. Today, an honest taxpayer of the country wants the governments to desist from the politics of shortcuts. He wants plans that encourage permanent solutions to problems and empower the common people. Therefore, my government has laid emphasis on the long lasting empowerment of the countrymen while dealing with the current challenges.”
Empowering the Poor
The President said, ‘Poverty eradication’ is no longer just a slogan. Now my government is working towards empowering the poor by providing a permanent addressal to their concerns. Smt. Murmu enumerated various people oriented government policies which are writing new story of the coutry’s overall growth.
While concluding her address she said, “In this Parliament, which is the heart of our democracy, it should be our endeavor to set goals that seem difficult and achieve them. We should try to accomplish today what is to be done tomorrow. What others are still thinking of doing, we Indians should accomplish before them..
Let’s enrich our democracy
Let’s enrich our democracy by living up to the dictum of Veda which says – “samgacchadhvam samvadadhvam sam vo manamsi jwwnatam”. That is, let us walk together step by step, understand each other’s mind and let there be a flow of unity in our resolutions. Let us fulfill the oath of the Constitution by walking on our Kartavya Path in this Mahayagna of nation building.”