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The Budget Session began today (Thursday, January 31), with President Ram Nath Kovind addressing the joint sitting of members of both the Houses of Parliament.

While addressing the members, President Kovind listed the Modi government’s achievements over the last four-and-a-half years.

He said that over nine crore toilets were built under Narendra Modi’s flagship Swachh Bharat Mission. “I am happy to inform you that the benefits of government’s schemes are reaching poorest of the poor,” Kovind said.

The Modi government, under the Ujjwala scheme, had issued more than six crore gas connections, said President Kovind. “Most of our mothers, sisters and daughters would remain sick because of the smoke released from stoves and thus, the health of the whole family would be affected. In only four and a half years, my government has added a total of 13 crore households to the gas connection,” Kovind said.

In the last four years, more than 1 crore 30 lakh houses have been built under the government’s rural housing scheme, he said.

Further, he said, “Because of the government’s Jan Dhan Yojana, bank accounts of over 34 crore people have been opened in the country and almost every family has been linked to the banking system.”

He added that according to an international report, the scheme had helped add Rs 88,000 crore to the formal economy. “According to an international agency, 55 percent of the total bank accounts opened during 2014-2017 were opened in India itself,” Kovind said.

On manufacturing, he said: “I am happy to inform that under the government’s ‘Make In India’ initiative, India has become the world’s second largest manufacturer of mobile phones.”

“India is soon going to induct the Rafale fighter aircraft, which will improve its defence capabilities,” President Ram Nath Kovind said.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu also addressed the parliament and the leader said, “Blessings of 130 crore Indians, my govt has commenced a journey towards building a ‘new India’.”

On Friday, day two of the session, interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal will present Modi government’s sixth and final Budget, which will be an interim one, keeping up with established tradition.

Watch the Full Speech of President Ram Nath Kovind Here-

(Video Taken from RS TV)

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