Budget Session LIVE: Our fight against corruption is continuing: Prez

New Delhi, Jan 29: The Budget session of the Parliament will begin on Monday at 11 am with the speech of President Ram Nath Kovind.Here are the LIVE updates:

-Our fight against corruption is continuing. In the past one year, registration of about 350,000 suspicious companies have been cancelled: President Ram Nath Kovind

-I appreciate the soldiers and offer condolences to those who lost their lives in action. J&K Police, defence and paramilitary forces are working together to fight terrorism in J&K: President Ram Nath Kovind

-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: President Ram Nath Kovind

-My Govt brought banking system to poor: Prez

-We aim to provide cheaper healthcare: Prez

- My Government aims to double farmer income: Prez

-To bring everyone closer to development, work under 'Pradhanmantri Gram Sadak Yojana' is being done speedily. In 2014 only 56% villages were connected to roads, today more than 82% villages have road connectivity with the majority being in remote areas: Pres Kovind

-Our nation is the youngest nation. My govt started Start Up India, Stand Up India, Skill India and Pradhanmantri Mudra Yojana to help the youth of the country to realise their dreams & make them self employed: President Kovind

-Government increased minimum wage of labourers by more than 40 per cent: President Ram Nath Kovind

-It's a matter of pride for us that UNESCO recognised Kumbh Mela as 'Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity'. UNESCO also designated Ahmedabad as 'Heritage City'. Chennai was included in the list of Creative Cities by UNESCO: President Ram Nath Kovind

-I hope the Triple Talaq Bill will be passed soon so that the Muslim women can live a life of dignity and without fear: President Ram Nath Kovind

-Baba Saheb Ambedkar used to say that without economic and social democracy, political democracy is unstable: President Kovind

-It is our duty that when we celebrate Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary in 2019 we pay tribute to him by making our country completely clean: President Ram Nath Kovind

-President Ram Nath Kovind arrives at the Parliament. He will be addressing both the Houses at the commencement of Budget Session

-One day President will address the sitting, one day Budget will be presented, on 2 days non-official bills will be discussed. How will things be discussed in 4 days? This is just an eyewash. They want to just get done with this & go for election: Mallikarjun Kharge

-There are discrepancies. Bills tabled at last moment. This reduces democracy of Parliament. We told them why do you call for such short sessions? Ruling Party is taking things lightly. Bills are being passed just like that: Mallikarjun Kharge on All Party Meeting

- I request all political parties to make Triple Talaq Bill pass in this Budget session of the Parliament: PM Narendra Modi

President Kovind's address to a joint sitting of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will mark the beginning of the Budget Session 2018.

The Muslim Women's (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 related to triple talaq, the Codes of Wages Bill, 2017, Rights of Children to Free and Compulsory Education, 2017 are among the important bills that will be tabled for discussion and passage.

As many as 28 bills will be tabled in the Lok Sabha, while 39 bills are listed for the Rajya Sabha for the upcoming session.

Long pending issues including the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 and the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, will be discussed in the Lower House.

Meanwhile, the Triple Talaq Bill passed in the Lok Sabha in the last winter session of the Parliament will be in focus in the Upper House of the Parliament.

News24Bureau