Un­der­lines how govt has fought me­nace of ter­ror­ism and cor­rup­tion

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: The gov­ern­ment said it was com­mit­ted to ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ while list­ing de­mon­eti­sa­tion, fight against black mone y, s u r g i c a l s t r i ke a g a i n s t Pak­istan, im­ple­men­ta­tion of on­er­ank-one-pen­sion and other wel­fare schemes as achieve­ments. Pres­i­dent Pranab Mukher­jee in his cus­tom­ary ad­dress to the joint sit­ting of the two Houses at the start of the Bud­get ses­sion high­lighted the gov­ern­ment’s var­i­ous schemes and said that they have ben­e­fited the weaker sec­tions of so­ci­ety. In a speech sprin­kled with sev­eral Hindi words, he un­der­lined on how the gov­ern­ment had fought the me­nace of ter­ror­ism and cor­rup­tion.

“To com­bat the evils of black­money, cor­rup­tion, coun­ter­feit cur­rency and ter­ror fi­nanc­ing, my gov­ern­ment took the de­ci­sion on Novem­ber 8, 2016, to de­mon­e­tise old `500 and ₹ 1,000 cur­rency notes,” Mukher­jee said, adding that the gov­ern­ment had taken a de­ci­sion in its first Cabi­net meet­ing to form a spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team on black money and passed leg­is­la­tions on curb­ing black money and be­nami trans­ac­tions. Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi thumped the desk for a long time when the Pres­i­dent men­tioned the Septem­ber 29 sur­gi­cal strike. “My gov­ern­ment has taken deci- sive steps to give a fit­ting re­ply to the re­peated in­cur­sions on our ter­ri­to­rial sovereignty… our de­fence forces suc­cess­fully con­ducted sur­gi­cal strikes at sev­eral launch pads along the Line of Con­trol to pre­vent in­fil­tra­tion by ter­ror­ists.” The gover nment’s com­mit­ment to fight ter­ror­ism, es­pe­cially i n J a mmu a n d Kash­mir, was em­pha­sised too. Pranab Mukher­jee also lauded the gov­ern­ment’s achieve­ments in fight­ing Maoists and mil­i­tants in the north­east. The Pres­i­dent also brought up the is­sue of hold­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ous elec­tions to the Lok Sabha and state as­sem­blies, and wel­comed a con­struc­tive de­bate on the is­sue. “Fre­quent elec­tions put on hold de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes, dis­rupt nor­mal pub­lic life and im­pact es­sen­tial ser­vices and bur­den hu­man re­source with pro­longed pe­ri­ods of e l e c t i o n d u t y, ” Mukher­jee said.

The Pres­i­dent said the Goods and Ser­vices Tax Bill has taken for­ward the con­cept of co­op­er­a­tive fed­er­al­ism and one-na­tion-one tax and one na­tion-one mar­ket. “17 states gover ned by po­lit­i­cal par­ties across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum rat­i­fied this in a record 23 days. My gover nment is thank­ful to the GST Coun­cil for work­ing to res o l ve o u t s t a n d i n g is­sues,” Pres­i­dent Mukher­jee said. Af­ter Pranab Mukher­jee fin­ished his speech, T Siva of DMK raised the is­sue of farmer sui­cides in Tamil Nadu.

PM Modi thumped the desk for a long time when the Pres­i­dent men­tioned Septem­ber 29 sur­gi­cal strike

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