President says Govt. firm to root out corruption

President Ram Nath, today, asserted that the government is firm to root out corruption. Addressing the join session of Parliament, on the beginning day of the budget session, he said that not only did the government fight corruption and hoarding of black money, but it also brought a SIT to track such crimes.

He said that the government brought strict laws for sectors flush with black money and signed agreements with ‘tax haven’ countries to curb money laundering. He also listed the benefits of denomination. Forces of instability were vanquished. Benami property owners, economic offenders were targeted, he added.

“Our Muslim daughters were living under constant fear, the triple talaq bill gives them equality, lets them live without fear” he said. Listing various gender equality measures started by the government, Kovind said women had benefited from the government’s loan schemes and steps to boost enterprises run from them. He said the government had generated jobs for women and made it easier for young mothers to keep their jobs by increasing the maternity leave.

Kovind said the country was going through a phase of uncertainty before 2014 election and his government took up the initiative to form a ‘New India.’ Listing various health, insurance, educational and housing schemes, the President said the middle class had benefited due to these programmes

Stating that healthcare is government’s topmost priority, he said benefits of government’s schemes are reaching poorest of the poor. He said that over 10 lakh poor people availed health benefits in hospitals under Ayushman Bharat Yojana, during last four months.

On housing schemes, Kovind said government has taken unprecedented strides in ‘housing for all by making 1.30 crore houses in past five years while the previous government made just 25 lakhs in this period. “Urban housing has also been streamlined with RERA… 35, 000 projects have been registered with this authority,” he said.

Crackdown on the use of black money in real estate has brought down property prices, he added Listing the steps taken for the burgeoning middle class, Kovind said steps were taken to reduce the Income tax burden, inflation was reined in and jobs were generated.

President said various steps were taken for farmers, MSP of 22 crops was increased, better seeds were provided, soil information was made available and irrigation systems were improved.  On Goods and Services tax (GST) Kovind said; “It is a long-term policy and is a boon for the business sector. The taxpayers in the country trust this government.”

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