President Ram Nath Kovind is addressed a joint sitting of Parliament today. According to Article 87 of the Indian Constitution, the President is required to address a joint sitting of Parliament at the beginning of the session after the General Election.
According to the custom, the President addresses a joint sitting of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha in the first session of Parliament every year.
These were the highlights of President Kovind's address:
12:00 pm: President Ram Nath Kovind concludes his address.
11:58 am: I appeal you to consider the proposal of 'One Nation, One Election' carefully, said President Ram Nath Kovind during his address to joint session of parliament.
11:57 am: "There is a greater degree of maturity in our democracy now"
11:50 am: "My government is duty-bound to take all steps for development of Jammu and Kashmir"
11:46 am: "India won a great victory internationally with respect to terrorist Masood Azhar"
11:45 am: "To counter threats in the cyber world, we are working to set-up three joint services agencies"
11:42 am: We want our space technology to touch all aspects of common man's life, said President Kovind.
11:41 am: President Kovind said that Central Government will clean-up major rivers in the country alongwith Ganga
11:36 am: "My government is working to make public transport system eco-friendly in addition to fast and safe
11:33 am: "Fight against black money will continue"
11:29 am: "My government is simplifying GST further"
11:28 am: "India is world's fastest-growing major economy"
11:22 am: 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' has resulted in a drop in female foeticide cases."
11:21 am: "Eklavya schools are being set up for educational needs of tribal children across the country."
11:20 am: "26 lakh patients have benefitted from Ayushman Bharat Scheme so far."
11:18 am: "My government is striving to bring banking facilities to the doorstep of every Indian."
11:17 am: "India enjoys second position globally in fisheries. It has the potential to become number one"
11:16 am: "The government has kept Agriculture policy production-centric as well as income-centric"
11:14 am: "A strong rural economy will translate into a strong national economy"
11:12 am: "Conservation of water is going to be a great challenge in 21st century. We have to save water for our kids and their kids"
11:11 am: "It is for the first time that a government has considered woes of small shopkeepers"
11:08 am: "The government is working on 'sabka saath sabka vikas'