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Budget Session Live Updates: Inclusive growth top priority of government says President


NEW DELHI: The budget session of Parliament began today with President Pranab Mukherjee's addressing joint session of both houses.

Here are the Live Updates:

  • Cleanliness an article of faith for the government: President i
  • Direct benefit transfer being implemented with new vigour: President in his address to Parliament.
  • My Government has attached highest importance to sustainable socio-economic growth of rural India: President Mukherjee
  • Coverage under jan dhan yojna close to 100%: President
  • The government believes in the fundamental tenet of 'sabka saath sabka vikas': Pranab Mukherjee
  • My Govt is pledged to work for the welfare of the poor, the marginalized & the vulnerable sections of the society: President
  • Within a span of 9 months my Govt has embarked on a comprehensive strategy for unleashing the economy : President
  • The fundamental tenet of my government is 'sabka saath, sabka vikas – all together, development of all': President Pranab Mukherjee
  • Parliament's budget session begins with President Pranab Mukherjee's joint address
  • PM Modi reaches Parliament
  • Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will not be present for the first week of the Budget Session of Parliament, reports ANI
  • President Pranab Mukherjee's cavalcade en route to Parliament
  • Parliament is the temple of democracy, there should be proper dialogue and discussion: PM
  • In a democracy there should be dialogue, discussion & there be positive outcome,with this determination the budget session is commencing, says PM
  • There should be constructive debate on every issue in this complete session: PM
  • We hope Parliament's Budget session will be productive: PM Modi
  • Issue of Ordinances should not be politicised: Naidu
  • Govt ready to discuss any Opposition objection: Venkaiah Naidu
  • By bringing the land ordinance the Government has proved that it is anti-farmer: KC Tyagi
  • As far as support to Anna Hazare is concerned party will take decision later: Congress
  • Hazare is supporting our Act, will muster the strength of those fighting against the ordinance: Kharge.
  • Govt issued ordinance without consulting anybody,we feel the earlier act should be implemented: Kharge
  • Opposition is together against this, will raise this in Parliament: Congress
  • Govt doing all this is just to please corporates, get more investment: Congress
  • Govt is adamant, hence adopting ordinance route: SP

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried to build consensus around six ordinances, including the controversial land acquisition and insurance bills that the government wants passed in this session.

At a meeting of leaders of all parties in both Houses of Parliament hosted by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Modi said, "Country looks at Budget session with hopes and aspirations, it is the collective responsibility of all parties to ensure it runs smoothly."

Crucial to the start of the Budget Session will be President Pranab Mukherjee's address that will indicate the government's agenda for the session. The President's address is likely to focus on the inclusive growth policy of the government and the issue of social harmony. Mukherjee's address will also focus on the government's development agenda and unfold Modi government's vision for future.

The Budget Session lasts till March 20 and the Parliament will reconvene on April 20 and the session is due to conclude on May 8.

Earlier on Sunday, Naidu met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and described the meeting as "cordial". The government would need the help of Congress, especially in the Rajya Sabha where it is short on numbers, to help push through legislation seen as crucial to PM Modi's reform agenda.

Important among these are ordinances on raising the foreign investment limit in insurance, auctioning coal mines and changing the rules of land acquisition, the latter having generated much protests from the Opposition as well as farmers' organisations.

"The government is willing to walk the extra mile to accommodate the Opposition. My only appeal is that House should be allowed to function smoothly," Naidu said.

But the Opposition appeared to be unimpressed and made clear its mood to take on the government, particularly on the move to amend the Land Acquisition Act.

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said that Congress will not support those Ordinances and bills, which "do not help people". Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav said it will be a "fight to the finish" as he lashed out at the government, saying it had made the land law worse than what existed during the British time.

Naidu acknowledged that land acquisition is an "emotive issue" and needs to be addressed "sincerely without undue politicisation". The ordinances have to be ratified by Parliament within six months, or it expires.

In its seven months in office, the government has used the ordinance, or emergency executive order, 10 times due to its lack of majority in the upper house of Parliament or Rajya Sabha, where the opposition Congress has most numbers and has led other parties in holding up proceedings on a number of issues, not allowing legislation to be passed.


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