Even during Covid times, India emerged as an attractive destination for foreign investment, President Ram Nath Kovind said in his address to joint session of Parliament ahead of the commencement of the Budget session on Friday.
The President also condemned the violence that took place in the national capital during tractor rally organised by the farmers. “The national flag and a holy day like Republic Day were insulted in the past few days. The Constitution that provides us Freedom of Expression, is the same Constitution that teaches us that law and rules have to be followed seriously,” he said.
Defending the agriculture laws, President said, “My 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, in fact with these new agricultural reforms the government has provided new facilities and rights to farmers.”
“Small and marginal farmers are also a priority for my government. To support such farmers in their small expenses, nearly Rs 1,13,000 crore have been transferred directly to their accounts, under PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi,” he further said.
Earlier, the President started his speech by saying that the joint session of Parliament amid Coronavirus pandemic is essential.
“It’s a new new year and a new decade. We are also entering into the 75th year of independence. Today all MPs are present here with message and trust that however tough be the challenge neither we nor India will stop,” he said in his initial remarks.
“In this fight against the pandemic, we lost many citizens. Former President Pranab Mukherjee passed away in this Corona period. Six MPs left us untimely due to Covid. I pay my tribute to all of them,” he said.
Expressing satisfaction over timely decisions of the government during Covid-19 pandemic, President said that it has saved the lives of lakhs of citizens. “Today the number of new Covid cases is going down rapidly. The number of recoveries is very high,” he added.
As many as 18 Opposition parties boycotted the President’s address in solidarity with farmers protesting against the three farm laws.
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman will table the Economic Survey 2020-21 in Parliament on Friday, which provides a summary of the annual economic development across the country during the financial year.