29 January, New Delhi
President Ram Nath Kovind has said the government is making all-out efforts for the economic, social and educational empowerment of the minorities and is committed to their empowerment without appeasement.
Addressing the joint sitting of both the Houses of Parliament in the Central Hall on the start of the Budget Session Monday, he said the Centre is committed for the protection of the rights of Muslim women and expressed hope that the Triple Talaq Bill will be passed by Parliament soon.
He said after the passage of the legislation, Muslim Women can live a dignified life without fear. Kovind said the government is committed to double the income of farmers by the year 2022. He said, farmers are being provided affordable and simple crop insurance services under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana and during 2017, under Rabi and Kharif crops, 5.71 crore farmers were provided protective coverage.
He added that the highest priority of government is to remove various difficulties faced by farmers and to raise their standard of living. The schemes of the government are not only removing their hardships but also reducing the expenditure incurred by them on farming. As compared to 2014 when only 56 per cent of the villages had road connectivity, now more than 82 per cent villages mostly in far-flung and inaccessible areas have been connected by roads. Kovind said the target is to provide road connectivity to every village by 2019.
The President said, to ensure that benefits of development reach all sections of society, the Central Government is actively pursuing the work of connecting all villages under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. The work has started to connect villages with Broadband connectivity and 2.5 lakh Panchayats have already been connected so far. The President asserted that the present regime is working for the welfare of the backward communities.
Talking about the health initiatives, the President said the new National Health Policy has been formulated for providing better and affordable healthcare facilities to the poor and middle class. In addition, under the ‘National AYUSH Mission’, traditional methods of treatment, such as Yoga and Ayurveda are being promoted.
Kovind said one of the major worries of the poor and middle class relates to the treatment of diseases. The financial burden of treatment of disease further aggravates the sufferings. He said the education provides the foundation for building the future of the Nation and government is committed to strengthen and modernizing School and Higher Education system in the country.