In the first session after the general election, the presidential address to both houses of the Parliament usually unveils the programmes of the government in the days to come.
President Ram Nath Kovind’s address on June 20, 2019 highlights the achievements of the government and lays out a future roadmap for the country. Here are the key points.
- PM-Kisan has been extended to all the farmers of the country.
- For the first time, a government has decided to implement a pension scheme for the small shopkeepers and retail traders, benefitting 3 crore people.
- The scholarship amount given to the children of soldiers from National Defence Fund has been increased.
- An all-new ‘Jal Shakti’ ministry has been formed to be able to conserve water for the next generations.
- To further strengthen rural India and increase the productivity of agriculture, a sum of about Rs. 25 lakh crore will be invested in the coming years.
- A separate department has been set up for fisheries for the holistic development of the sector.
- The work is being done for 112 aspirational districts at a large scale.
- The schemes like Aayushman Bharat (health insurance), Jan Dhan Yojana (bank accounts), Saubhagya (electricity connections), Mission Indradhanush (immunisation) and PM Awas Yojana (housing) have benefitted people, especially the women. About 3 crore women from rural areas have been given loans worth Rs. 2 lakh crore under National Livelihood Mission. In the last 5 years, about Rs. 7 lakh 30 thousand crore have been transferred as ‘Direct Benefit Transfer’ (DBT) to people.
- Under Mudra Yojana, about 19 crore loans have been distributed so far. This will be scaled up to benefit about 30 crore people.
- To better the start-up ecosystem in the country, the government is easing the rules and this process will be further expedited. The government aims to have 50,000 start-ups by 2024.
- Fighting the black money menace, about 4.25 lakh investors have been declared ‘ineligible’ in the last 2 years and registration of about 3.5 lakh ‘doubtful’ companies have been cancelled. ‘Fugitive and Economic Offenders Act’ is proving beneficial in checking the economic offenders who used to run out of the country. India is now getting information from 146 countries including Switzerland.
- The number of protected areas in the country has increased from 692 in 2014 to 868 now, a step towards environmental conservation.
- The scientists are preparing for the launch of Chandrayaan-II. This will be India’s first spacecraft to reach the Moon. India is also planning for its first manned space mission (Gaganyaan) by 2022.
- India will host the G-20 session in the year 2022. Masood Azhar has been declared a global terrorist. These show as to how India’s clout in the world has been on an upward trajectory.
- The government gives national security a topmost priority. Surgical strike after Uri attack and Air strikes after Pulwama attack have shown India’s resolve. The process of NRC will be implemented on priority to check the inflow of illegal immigrants. Further, India will soon get the Rafale aircraft and Apache helicopter.
- For the fast development of the country, it is now inevitable to bring in the system of ‘One Nation One Poll’.