Aadhaar enabled government to eliminate middlemen: President

Posted January 30, 2018

"With help of Aadhaar, facilities are reaching poor beneficiaries directly".

In his maiden address to the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament, Kovind said lakhs of people in tribal areas, especially in the Northeast, depend on the bamboo industry.

The President also said that his government has kept its promise of giving "One Rank One Pension", which was welcomed by heavy thumping of desks. "BHIM App" is playing a major role in promoting digital transactions.

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The President also said India has been the first responder in natural disasters and humanitarian crisis in the sub-continent.

President Ram Nath Kovind today said the government has been able to contain inflation and fiscal deficit and is committed to doubling the income of farmers by 2022. In the address, President Kovind is expected to outline the government's thrust on development and empowerment of the public, especially for persons belong to backward and weaker sections of the economy.

He said the Centre was committed for the protection of the rights of Muslim women and expressed hope that the Triple Talaq Bill will be passed by Parliament soon.

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"Metro work is in progress in 11 cities of the country", he said.

The President said after Independence while only 76 Airports were connected to Commercial flights, under "Udaan" 56 Airports and 31 Helipads are being connected to commercial flights within 15 months only. He spoke about the government recapitalizing banks, cancelling registration of 350,000 dubious companies and improvement in the country's "ease of doing business" rankings.

Congratulating the Indian Army and the police forces for strengthening the internal security apparatus of the country, he said, "Terrorist violence in the interiors of Jammu and Kashmir is directly related to cross-border infiltration". The President said 280 million LED bulbs have been distributed under the Ujala scheme, and the private sector has also sold over 500 million bulbs, which has resulted in an annual saving of Rs 400 billion and annual saving of 100 billion units of electricity to the nation.

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Following the President's speech, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Economic Survey 2018, three days before the Narendra Modi's government's last full-fledged budget ahead of general elections.