Salient features of President Pranab Mukherjee address to both Houses of Parliament

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
New Delhi

President of India Pranab Mukherjee addressing the both Houses of Parliament on the first day of the Budget session today on Tuesday said that to increase the focus on the North-East, the Railways has undertaken major expansion at a cost of Rs.10,000 crore.

The salient features of the speech goes as under:

  • A common inter-country sign language is being developed for the disabled.
  • All policies of the government are for the welfare of the poor, deprived and underprivileged. The government will focus on the North-east and Eastern region to increase connectivity.
  • Government plans to empoer 2.5 lakh SC, ST members and women entrepreneurs through the Stand Up India initiative with an initial allocation of Rs.496 crore.
  • Pradhan Mantri Khanij Chherta Yojana has been established for sustainable mining and betterment of the tribal and to give more employment opportunities to tribals, 100 of 300 districts will be developed in tribal areas.
  • 50 India International Skill Centres are being established to promote entrepreneurship. Rs.6,000 crore has been invested in this regard and is expected it would create 1.1 crore jobs.
  • The Seventh Pay Commission has benefitted 55 lakh employees and 30 lakh pensioners.
  • Over one crore accounts have been opened to safeguard girl children, and Rs. 11,000 crore has been deposited.
  • The implementation of the Maternity Benefit Act which increases maternity leave from 12 weeks to 26 weeks will help women in the workplace.
  • Under the Pradhan Mantri Avas Yojana for the needy over 3 crore toilets have been built under sanitation programmes.
  • Free gas connections are being provided to 5 crore people. Over 30 per cent of the beneficiaries of the Ujjwala Yojana are from Scheduled Castes.
  • To take the banking system to the doorstep of the poor and the unbanked, the Indian Postal Payment Bank has been started.
  • Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan will provide comprehensive ante-natal care to all pregnant women
  • Pradhan Mantri YUVA Yojana launched for promoting entrepreneurship education and training amongst 7 lakh students
  • Janashakti has transformed Swachh Bharat Mission into a jan-andolan
  • An unprecedented 26 crore plus Jan Dhan accounts have been opened for the unfunded.Close to 13 crore poor have been covered under various social security schemes
  • To take the banking system to the doorstep of the poor and the unbanked, the Indian Postal Payment Bank has been started
  • Over Rs. 2 lakh crore has been provided through 5.6 crore loans sanctioned under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana
  • Over 1 lakh bank mitras appointed by bank and over 2 lakh dak reps will also serve as banking reps
  • Under the Antodaya Yojna, we aim to empower women particularly from deprived sections
  • Over 16,000 crores have been made available to self help groups
  • My government has helped poor through housing schemes, clean water and green energy initiatives
  • Poor sanitation weakens the economy of the poor households
  • Under this mission 3 crore toilets have been constructed
  • Pradhan Mantri Jal Avaas and Ujjwala Yojnas provides clean water, free gas connections and smoke free kitchens. 37 percent of the Ujjwala beneficiaries belong to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
  • Under Under Deen Dayal Upadhayay Gram Jyoti Yojana over 11,000 villages, in darkness since independence, have been electrified in record time
  • Mission Indradhanush commits to vaccinate "every child everywhere" against preventable diseases. It has helped 55 lakh children
  • The government has taken many stops to improve the lives of farmers
  • Affordable credit, improved irrigation facilities, improved productivity through soil health care cards
  • 3 crore Kisan or farmer cards will be converted to rupee debit cards.
  • Women must be are fully empowered and their skills and talents are fully utilized
  • Over 1 crore accounts have been opened for the safety of girl child
  • The PM Surakshit Matriti Abhiyaan will provide important healthcare and ensure maternity leaves at workplaces
  • 65 per cent population is below the age of 35. Young people are our greatest strength. Their energies must be channelized.
  • My government has taken steps for their skill development and improve their employability
  • Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana has been launched with a budget of 12,000 crores to train 1 crore youth over the next 10 years
  • Promotional scheme with budget of 10,000 crores for employment opportunities
  • Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana expanded ambit of risk-coverage, doubled sum insured & facilitated lowest-ever premium
  • My government has opened avenues for higher education for weaker sections
  • There have been more admissions in IITs
  • New skill centres are being established for promoting entrepreneurship
  • Government has announced a package of 6,000 crores, and is expected to generate over 1 crore jobs, mostly for women
  • Minimum wages increased by 42 per cent in agricultural and non sectors
  • Workers in informal sector will benefit from decision to make employers pay through bank accounts. They will also enjoy health benefits and social security through PFs
  • To protect senior citizens interest rates have been fixed at 8 per cent per month for 10 years.
  • Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan will provide comprehensive ante-natal care to all pregnant women
  • The revision of Maternity Benefit Act will support pregnant women at the workplace
  • With motto of "Har Haath ko Hunar", the government has taken several steps for skilling youth and improving their employability
  • National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme has been launched with a budget outlay of Rs. 10,000 crore
  • Pradhan Mantri YUVA Yojana launched for promoting entrepreneurship education and training amongst 7 lakh students
  • 100 of 300 districts will be developed in tribal areas
  • Success of India blind cricket team and success at Paralympics shows what divyangs can achieve given the opportunity. The government is committed to their development
  • Our policy is is improving lives of divyangs. A common sign language being developed inter-country
  • A health insurance cover for divyangs
  • Like the strings of sitar which play different notes but together play a beautiful melody - different religions
  • My government is committed to inclusive developments of minority communities. Fellowships have ensured better education
  • Just as the drops of rain water and streams converging in the sea, my government's policies converge for the development of the poor
  • 2,500 km of national gas pipeline project - investment of 12,500 crores
  • This will cover 40 districts, help in industrialisation of more than 20 cities
  • ISRO added another feather to their cap by launching 20 satellites in one go
  • The government is committed to marine health.
  • The government has taken giant steps in clean energy be achieving 40 gigs against the target of 100 gigs.
  • We gave a major boost to urban infrastructure by approving 50,000 crores plan for 500 cities.
  • The government's very first decision was to set up an SIT on black money
  • Amendments in benami act and in treaties with countries like Singapore and change in IT act have ensured policy backed initiatives
  • The launch of mobile app BHIM is a tribute to Babasaheb Ambedkar. In a few days it has become one of the most famous app based transactions mechanism in India.
  • Coal blocks and spectrum auction is the most transparent way of allocating natural resources
  • Over 1,100 obsolete laws have been repealed, over 400 are being repealed.
  • Taking forward the concept of cooperative federalism throughout one country one tax, both houses passed the GST in parliament in a record 23 days.
  • My government thanks the GST council for working to resolve standing issues

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