Budget Session 2021: President addresses joint session of Parliament, hails India's vaccination programme

Budget Session 2021: Speaking on India's vaccination programme, he said that it is a matter of pride that India is running the biggest vaccination program in the world.

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Budget Session 2021: The President addressed the joint session of the two houses of Parliament on January 29, 2021. He began by saying that the joint session of the Parliament amid the Corona pandemic is essential, as it is a new year, a new decade and India is also entering into the 75th yr of independence. He said that today all MPs are present here with a message and trust that however tough be the challenge neither we nor India will stop.

The President then paid his tribute to all those who passed away during the pandemic. He remembered former President Pranab Mukherjee, who had passed away during the period and six MPs who also passed away untimely due to COVID-19. 

The President further said that he is satisfied with the timely decisions taken by the government to save the lives of lakhs of citizens. He noted how the number of new COVID cases is going down very rapidly and the number of recoveries is rising. 

On India's vaccination programme

Speaking on India's vaccination programme, he said that it is a matter of pride that India is running the biggest vaccination program in the world. He noted how both the vaccines of this program are made in India and added saying in this crisis India shouldered its responsibility towards mankind and provided lakhs of doses of vaccines to several nations.

Ayushman Bharat Yojana 

The President further highlighted how the facilities of Ayushman Bharat Yojana can be availed in any of the 24,000 hospitals across the nation. He highlighted that the poor are getting medicines at very low costs at 7000 centres across the country, under Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana.

Republic Day Violence

Speaking on the violence that happened during the farmer's tractor rally in the national capital on January 26, the President said that the national flag and a holy day like Republic Day were insulted in the past few days. He continued by saying that the constitution that provides us Freedom of Expression is the same Constitution that teaches us that law & rules have to be followed seriously.

On Farmers

The President highlighted that small and marginal farmer are also a priority of the government to support them in their small expenses, around Rs 1,13,000 crores have been transferred directly to their accounts, under PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi.

He further said that his government would like to clarify that the rights and facilities that were available before the formation of the three farm laws have not been cut short. He said that with these new agricultural reforms the government has provided new facilities and rights to farmers.

New Parliament Building 

The President noted the contribution of the last governments in the construction of a new Parliament building and said that it is a delightful coincidence that the nation has started construction while moving towards 75th year of independence. He said that the building will provide more facilities to MPs in carrying out their duties.


The President noted that the nation is recovering from the damage that the economy suffered while saving the life of every Indian during the Corona period and added that even during this difficult time, India has emerged as an attractive destination for global investor.

Extremism in the northeast

The President noted that extremism in the northeast is heading towards its end with the incidents of violence declining. He said that the youth that had gone astray is returning to the mainstream of development and nation-building.

The President further said that the rehabilitation of Bru refugees is being carried out peacefully.  He noted that  the historic Bodo peace agreement was also signed and successfully implemented and Bodoland Territorial Council election took place successfully after the agreement.

Galwan Clash

While speaking on the Galwan clash in June 2020, the President said that 20 jawans made the supreme sacrifice in Galwan valley and every citizen is grateful to these martyrs. He reiterated that his government is committed to protect the interests of the nation and extra Forces have been deployed at LAC for protection of India's sovereignty.

Budget Session of the Parliament 

The Budget Session of the Parliament began today with strict observance of restrictions for coronavirus. The Union budget 2021 will be presented on February 1. The session will be held in two phases and will continue till the first week of April.

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