"After extensive deliberations, the Parliament passed three important farm reforms -- the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Simplification) Bill, the Agriculture (Empowerment and Protection) Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Agreement Bill, and the Essential Commodities Amendment Bill. More than 10 crore small farmers started getting benefits immediately. Many political parties had given full support to these reforms from time to time only after realizing these benefits to small farmers," he said.
Noting that the Supreme Court has put the implementation of the three laws on hold, Kovind said the government will respect whatever is the decision of the apex court.
Some of the key highlights of President Address:-
New agriculture policy to helps farmers
Small and marginal farmers are also a priority for my government says President. "To support such farmers in their small expenses, around Rs 1,13,000crores have been transferred directly to their accounts under PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi," says President. The government is working to develop modern infrastructure for farm sector. Implementation of 3 farm laws put on hold by the Supreme Court; Govt will respect whatever is the decision of apex court. Over 10 crore small farmers started getting benefits of 3 farm laws; many political parties supported these reforms.
Condemns violence at capital
President condemns R-Day violence, says Red Fort incident ''unfortunate''. The national flag and a holy day like Republic Day were insulted in the past few days. Insult of tricolour is very unfortunate, says President. The Constitution that provides us Freedom of Expression is the same Constitution that teaches us that law and rules have to be followed seriously. says President Kovind.
Hails country’s covid war
In the fight against the pandemic, we have lost many countrymen, including ex-President Pranab Mukherjee, 6 MPs: President Kovind said. He also said I am satisfied that due to timely decisions of government, the lives of millions of people were saved; the number of corona patients is now decreasing. He stated that Centre-State coordination has strengthened democracy. "I am satisfied that the timely decision taken by my government saved the lives of lakhs of citizens. Today the number of new Covid-19 cases is going down rapidly. The number of recoveries is very high," he added. Commenting upon the vaccination drive against Covid-19 which started on January 26, President Kovind said, "It is a matter of pride that India is running the biggest vaccination programme in the world. Both vaccines of this programme are made in India. In this crisis, India shouldered its responsibility towards mankind and provided lakhs of doses of vaccines to several nations.""We have seen huge benefits of the work done by my government in the last 6 years in the health sector during this corona crisis,"
Pro poor Policy
It aims to raise the standard of living of the villagers, he had mentioned that the 2 crore houses built since 2014 for the poor families living in villages. Drawing inspiration from Baba Saheb, the President said that government is working on the ambitious scheme of ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’. Besides delivering water to every household (Har Ghar Jal), work on water conservation is also progressing at a rapid pace. Under this scheme, 3 crore families have been connected with piped water supply so far. Water connection is being provided on priority to brothers and sisters belonging to the Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes as well as other deprived sections of the society.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, construction of 6.42 lakh km of road network has been completed in rural areas of the country. Along with roads, internet connectivity is equally important in the rural areas. After ensuring electrification of every village, the Government is implementing a mission to connect over 6 lakh villages of the country through optical fibre.
Small Scale industries
Initiatives such as Emergency Credit Guarantee Scheme for Rs 3,00,000 crore, special scheme of Rs 20,000 crore for MSMEs in distress and Fund of Funds have benefitted lakhs of small scale industries. Under schemes like Hunar Haat and USTTAD, not only the skills of lakhs of crafts persons are being developed but employment opportunities are also being generated. Under these schemes, women crafts persons comprise more than half of the beneficiaries. Government has taken several steps to provide new opportunities for self-employment to women. Under the MUDRA scheme, more than 25 crore loans have been sanctioned so far, of which nearly 70% have been given to women entrepreneurs. Under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-Rashtriya Grameen Ajeevika Mission, 7 crore women entrepreneurs have become a part of the network of nearly 66 lakh Self Help Groups in the country. These women groups have been provided bank loans worth Rs 3,40,000 crore in the last 6 years.
Women Health issue
Keeping in mind the health concerns of working women in rural areas of the country, the Government is implementing the ‘Suvidha’ scheme under which sanitary napkins are made available at a nominal cost of Re 1.
Government has taken several decisions in this direction, such as appointing women in the Fighter stream of the Indian Air Force and the Military Police for the first time, as well as allowing women to work in underground and open cast mines during the night shift.
Keeping in mind the safety of the women, work on several initiatives such as setting up One Stop Centres, National Database of criminals, Emergency Response Support System and Fast Track Courts across the country is progressing at a rapid pace.
Education policy and scholarship
For the first time students have been given the freedom to opt for the subjects of their choice under the National Education Policy. Students have also been provided the option of changing their subjects or streams in the middle of a course. More than 3 crore 20 lakh such students are benefitting from various scholarship schemes of the Government. These include students belonging to the scheduled castes, backward classes, forest-dwellers and tribal community and minority communities.
The youth have benefited greatly from discontinuation of interviews for recruitment to Group C and Group D posts. By setting up the National Recruitment Agency, the Government has freed the youth from the inconvenience of appearing for multiple examinations.
In December 2020, digital transactions of more than Rs 4,00,000crore have been done through UPI. Today, more than 200 banks are linked to the UPI system. The trinity of Jan Dhan Accounts, Aadhaar and Mobile has helped safeguard the rights of people. Because of the JAM Trinity, Rs 1,80,000 crore have been saved from falling into wrong hands.
Our very own Navigation Satellite System 'Navik' is also enhancing the prestige of the country. Thousands of fishermen are now benefitting from it.
President said that the facilities of Ayushman Bharat Yojana can be availed in any of the 24,000 hospitals across the nation. "The poor are getting medicines at very low costs at 7000 centres across the country, under Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana," he added.
President said "Joint sitting of Parliament amid Corona pandemic is essential. It's a new year, a new decade and we are also entering into the 75th year of independence. Today all MPs are present here with message and trust that however tough be the challenge neither we nor India will stop.