New Delhi, June 20 : Addressing the joint session of Parliament at the Central Hall, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday urged the government to ensure stringent punishment for crimes against women and ensure equal rights for every woman.
Kovind said the penal provisions for crimes committed against women should be strictly enforced and social evils like ‘triple talaq’ must end.
“Empowerment of women is one of the highest priorities of my government. The empowerment of women and their effective participation in society and economy is the test of a developed society,” Kovind said.
President Ram Nath Kovind said that the people of India gave a clear mandate in 2019 Lok Sabha Polls.
“For the first time, a government has focused on the economic security of younger shopkeepers. A separate ‘pension scheme’ for small shopkeepers and retail traders has been approved in the first cabinet meeting. The scheme will benefit about 3 crore small shopkeepers,” said President Kovind.
“To ensure equal rights for women, it is important to do away with practices like ‘Triple Talaq’ and Nikah-Halala,’President said.
Nearly half of the MPs have been elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time. This time, a large number of women MPs have been elected in Lok Sabha history which presents a picture of new India, said Kovind.
President Kovind said that the people have given a very clear mandate in the recently-concluded elections. After evaluating the government’s first term, the countrymen have given even stronger support for the second time. By doing so, the countrymen have mandated a more uninterrupted, fast-moving development journey since 2014, he added.
This time, women have voted more than before and their participation has been almost equal to that of men. Millions of youth have played an important role in building India’s future by voting for the first time. All voters deserve congratulations for the success of this election, said President Kovind.
President Kovind said the public has given a clear mandate in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “In the last 5 years, citizens were convinced the government is for them,” he said.
“In this Lok Sabha elections, more than 61 crore citizens cast their vote and set a new record. The people of India gave a clear mandate. The govt is working for ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas”, President said.
National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Om Birla was on Wednesday unanimously elected speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha and pledged impartial oversight of the Lower House over the next five years after an acrimonious general election.
The Rajya Sabha will begin its proceedings from today after the address of the President.A total of 313 newly-elected MPs took oath Monday while 222 leaders were sworn-in Tuesday.
The Parliament session will continue till July 26. The Economic Survey will be presented on July 4 followed by the Union Budget for 2019- 20 on July 5.