Addressing to a joint session of Parliament, President Ram Nath Kovind presented a speech and said that the Union government believes in not only empowering the minorities but also leading the country. While mentioning the excellent work done by the government he also focused on reforms that are undertaken by the government in the last four years for women and farmers, and in the field of finance. Ram Nath Kovind’s speech may hold a clue to what Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Union Budget 2018, to be presented on February 1, may contain.
Union Budget 018 is the last full-fledged budget to be presented by the Modi government ahead of Lok Sabha election. Thus it is expected to be a populist one, with the main focus on sections like women and farmers. As per our honorable President, he thinks there is need to uplift the women of society. He also mentioned that India has taken up schemes to promote the usage of toilets. Modi government has formulated policies to help construct common as well as private toilets in the rural areas. He went on saying that this move has not only aided the country in being cleaner but also provides a sense of social justice to a woman.
Government is continuously fighting for the better sanitation and against open defecation. It was a genuine move taken by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to build toilets and educate people about cleanliness, waste management, and hygiene. According to the report published on April 18, 2017, India’s sanitation coverage in 2012 was 38 percent. However, now it has gone up to 60.53 percent under the Swachh Bharat Mission of Government.
In his speech, the President recalled the days when women in India had to go through the drudgery of cooking by burning wood and coal. He mentioned that his government has started the scheme of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana that has till date provided 3,30,00,000 free liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) connections to below poverty line (BPL) women. Initially, the MUY scheme was launched on May 1 in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh. It has the aim to provide clean cooking gas via free LPG connections to 50 million BPL women. Till date, it has provided 15 million connections.
President mentioned that the LPG subsidy bill of the government for the current year is Rs 27,110.62 crore.
During the session, in his speech, the President also talked about the successful Mudra scheme and Faisal Beema Yojana.