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President says our goal of Atmanirbhar Bharat will be strengthened by self reliance in agriculture

New Delhi;29/1/21; The Budget Session of Parliament began today. The session began with the address of President Ram Nath Kovind to the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament. Addressing the session, the President said, the Constitution gives us the right to freedom of expression but it also expects that we abide by the laws and rules with equal sincerity. President Kovind termed the recent acts of dishonoring the National Flag and showing disrespect to the auspicious occasion of Republic Day as unfortunate.

The President said, our goal of Atmanirbhar Bharat will be strengthened by self-reliance in agriculture. He said, the three farm laws enacted by the Parliament in the previous session aim at further helping the farmers in the country as they provide more rights and power to the farmers. Mr. Kovind added that over ten crore small and marginal farmers have started getting benefits from these reforms in the agriculture sector.

The President asserted that the Central government has taken several measures to improve the condition of farmers in the country like the implementation of the recommendations of the MS  Swaminathan Committee report on Agriculture. It has increased the MSP of crops by 1.5 times.

Talking about the fight against COVID-19, Mr. Kovind expressed satisfaction that due to timely decisions of the government, the lives of millions of people have been saved and the number of corona patients is gradually decreasing in the country.

President Kovind said, the country has started recovering from the damage done to the economy by the COVID pandemic amid the center’s incessant efforts to save the life of every countryman.
Mr. Kovind added that even in these difficult times, India has emerged as an attractive place for the investors of the world.

The President also said by making lakhs of corona vaccine doses available to several countries India has also fulfilled its obligation towards humanity in these times of difficulty.

He said it is a delightful coincidence that the nation started construction of the new Parliament while moving towards the 75th year of Independence.

President Kovind said the government is fully committed to protecting the interests of the country. Referring to the Galwan Valley incident, he said, additional forces have been deployed to protect India’s sovereignty over the Line of Actual Control.

Talking about women’s participation in the growth story of the nation, he said the Government has taken several decisions in this direction, such as appointing women in the Fighter stream of the Indian Air Force and the Military Police for the first time. President Kovind said, the Centre also came up with the ‘Suvidha’ scheme under which sanitary napkins are made available at a nominal cost of 1 rupee.

President Kovind said efforts are underway to transform Brahmaputra and Barak rivers as streams of development and this will benefit all sections of people in the North East.

Talking about development initiatives in Jammu and Kashmir, he said after becoming a Union Territory, elections to the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Council have been held successfully a few months back. He said after the implementation of the ‘Ayushman Bharat Health Scheme’, every family of Jammu and Kashmir is assured of free treatment worth 5 lakh rupees.

President Kovind said after abrogation of provisions of Article 370 the people of Jammu and Kashmir, have been empowered with new entitlements. He also mentioned the commencement of the construction of a grand Ram Mandir temple in Ayodhya after the Supreme Court judgment. President also informed that the country will witness the beginning of the ‘Amrut Mahotsav’ from this year which will mark the commencement of the celebrations towards the 75th year of India’s Independence.

Congress, Left, RJD, NCP, DMK, TMC, Shiv Sena, Samajwadi Party, and others have boycotted the President’s address protesting against the farm laws.

The Government has convened an all-party meeting tomorrow to seek the support of political parties to ensure smooth conduct of business in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. AIR Correspondent reports that on Sunday, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has called for a meeting of leaders of all parties in the Upper House.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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