Ahead of the first session of the interim budget in Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized that this budget would showcase the strength of 'nari shakti' or woman power. In his address, he termed it as a "festival of woman power”.
Citing the budget session’s address by President Droupadi Murmu and interim budget presentation by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, PM Modi said that “It is a festival of woman power”.
Festival of 'Nari Shakti'
Prime Minister Modi initiated his speech with a 'Ram Ram' and declared the interim budget session as a celebration of woman power. He pointed out that the recent approval of the 'Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam' and the display of woman power on Kartavya Path on January 26 set the tone for this festival.
While urging Opposition leaders to actively contribute to the Parliament, PM Modi emphasized the significance of constructive engagement and suggested that the actions of every voice in the House would be recorded as a part of history.
PM Modi reassured that once the new government is formed, a full budget would be presented before the nation. He encouraged everyone to perform their best in the House, provide innovative ideas, and infuse the country with enthusiasm.
Prime Minister Modi mentioned that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman would present the interim budget, indicating the government's commitment to a well-structured financial plan.
President Droupadi Murmu's Address
President Droupadi Murmu set the tone for the Budget Session with her joint address to Parliament on January 31. She commended the passage of the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam, emphasizing the significance of women's participation in governance. The President praised the new Parliament building, describing it as the essence of "Shrestha Bharat" and a testament to India's rich culture and civilization.
President Murmu highlighted the achievements of the Narendra Modi-led government over the past 10 years. She particularly emphasized the significant reduction in poverty on a large scale, a departure from the historical 'Garibi Hatao' slogan. The President also applauded the government's defense production crossing the one lakh-crore mark and credited 'Make in India' and 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' as driving forces in India's development journey.
She said that the sectors like space have been opened for the startups.
Drawing attention to economic achievements, President Murmu stated that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) had doubled in recent years, income tax return filings had seen a significant increase, and the fiscal deficit was under control. She highlighted India's forex reserves exceeding USD 600 billion and the country's status as the largest mobile manufacturer globally. Digital India, she noted, had revolutionized life and business in India, surpassing even developed nations.
In a moment of cheer, the President announced the realization of the decades-long dream with the consecration ceremony of the Ram Mandir. The President's statement on the Ram Temple received enthusiastic cheers from the treasury benches.
President Droupadi Murmu concluded her address by emphasizing the government's commitment to upholding democratic and parliamentary traditions, showcasing the grandeur of India's culture and civilization.
In his closing remarks, Prime Minister Modi said, "Today, Bharat is constantly moving forward and attaining new heights of development. With the blessings of all of you, this journey will continue," ending his address with a chant of "Ram Ram."
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