President: Women’s empowerment, welfare of the poor are priorities : The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Aditi Tandon

New Delhi, January 31

President Ram Nath Kovind said on Monday that the poor, SCs, STs and OBCs are given priority when formulating policies, and that smallholder farmers deserve maximum credit for the strength of Indian agriculture.

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Addressing the Joint Sitting of Parliament at the start of the budget session, the President hailed India’s push for self-reliance through ‘continuous reforms’, national resilience in the face of Covid and the biggest vaccination campaign , record production of food grains by farmers and consistency in women’s policy. empowerment policies.

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The President mentioned the bill raising the legal age of marriage for women to 21, on an equal footing with men, as a measure to ensure equal rights between the sexes, and said that Covid vaccines made in India were saving lives around the world.

Hailing India as one of the fastest growing economies, the President said the government believed in BR Ambedkar’s motto of equality. “Government policies prioritize villages, the poor, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and backward communities. This spirit is reflected in the selection of the Padma Awards,” President Kovind said in a 50-minute speech that was peppered with frequent applause.

The president spent a lot of time with farmers, noting record production and supply of food grains.

He credited small farmers, who make up 80% of the farming community, “for their continued success and strengthening of the agricultural sector” and said their interests had always been at the center of the government’s concerns.

Signaling the government’s commitment to reforms, including privatization, the president said the self-governing nation was strengthened by a series of reforms.

“From labor law reforms to banking sector reforms to the insolvency and bankruptcy code, this series of reforms continues uninterrupted. Last year, more than 26,000 compliance requirements were reduced by various Central and State departments. The space sector has been opened up to the private sector, offering a horizon of endless possibilities,” noted the President.

He listed the empowerment of women as one of the government’s priorities, saying that, treating sons and daughters equally, the government had introduced a bill to raise the minimum age of marriage. for women aged 18 to 21.

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Mara R. Wilmoth