Central government has given new rights to farmers’, said President Ram Nath Kovind addressing joint sitting of Parliament on Friday.
In an address, President Kovind said, “My government wants to make it clear that before the creation of the three new laws of agriculture, there was no decrease in the rights and facilities which were under the previous system. Via new agricultural reforms, the central government has given new rights to farmers."
President Kovind also said, “India will not stop no matter how the big challenge lies ahead. When India is united, the country has accomplished number of impossible objectives.”
Commenting on the self-reliant India, President Kovind said that the objective of Aatmnirbhar Bharat is also on farm sector. The Centre has decided to deliver MSP as per the Swaminathan recommendation. Similarly, the other facilities such as Ayushman Bharat Yojana can be availed in any of the 24,000 hospitals around India. The poor are receiving medicines at low costs at 7,000 centres across India, under Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana. He also stated further that to help farmers in their small expenses, around Rs 1,13,000 crores have been transferred directly to their bank accounts, under PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi.
Commenting on the new farm laws President on Friday said, “My government would like to state that the rights and facilities that were available before the development of the three farm laws have not been cut short. These new agricultural reforms have given new facilities and rights to farmers.”
COVID VACCINATION DRIVE
Talking about COVID-19 vaccination drive in the country, President said, “It is a matter of superiority that India is currently running the largest vaccination drive in the world. Both vaccines of this program are made in our country. In the COVID pandemic, India bore its responsibility towards mankind and provided lakhs of doses of COVID-19 vaccines to many countries. He also stated that he is happy that the decision taken by Government saved the lives of lakhs of citizens. Today the number of new coronavirus cases is going down while the recoveries are high.
He also paid tributes to the ones who lost their lives last year, he said, “In fight against COVID, we have lost many countrymen, including ex-President Pranab Mukherjee, six MPs and more.”
BUDGET IN A NUTSHELL
The first part of the Budget Session is scheduled to settle on February 15 while the second part will start on March 8 and is expected to end on April 8.
Given the coronavirus pandemic, Parliament will sit in two shifts. The morning session is reserved to the Rajya Sabha while the Lok Sabha will sit in the evening. The Rajya Sabha will sit from 9 am to 2 pm, while the Lok Sabha will sit from 4 pm to 9 pm. All COVID-19 protocols will be tracked during this session on the same lines as the Monsoon Session last year.
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