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As it happened: President's address to Joint Session

12:00 pm: President Mukherjee's speech to both Houses of Parliament concludes and now Vice-President Ansari is reading out the synopsis in Hindi.

11:58 am: My govt. will endeavour to ensure smooth conduct of Parliament and enact progressive laws, says President Mukherjee.

11:57 am: Our Parliament is the sanctum sanctorum of democracy: President Mukherjee

11:56 am: My govt. has made unprecedented efforts to reach out to the Indian community abroad: President Mukherjee

11:55 am: Committed to deeper engagement with West Asia, Africa and South America, says President Mukherjee.

11:54 am: India's destiny linked with our neighbourhood, says President Mukherjee articulating govt's engagements with neighbouring countries.

11:49 am: Terrorism poses a great challenge to the internal security of our nation, my govt. is firm in dealing with this: President Mukherjee

11:44 am: Govt. is fully committed to river linking with due consultations, says President Mukherjee

President Pranab Mukherjee arrives in a state coach (buggy) to attend the Budget session. Photo: Meeta Ahlawat

11:42 am: Petrol price has been decreased by more than Rs. 17 a litre, says President Mukherjee

11:40 am: National Urban Development Mission being finalised and Smart City programme close to finalisation: President

11:38 am: GDP growth at 7.4 per cent, making India the fastest growing large economy in the world: President

11:37 am: Smart City programme close 2 finalisations, says President Mukherjee articulating Modi govt's priorities.

11:32 am: FDI norms in construction sector has been relaxed, says President Mukherjee.

11:31 am: Legal reforms is a major priority of my government, including the constitution of National Judicial Appointment Commission: President

11:28 am: As a result of my government's sustained efforts and series of policy initiatives, our economy is again on high growth trajectory: President

11:27 am: Govt. has envisioned an ambitious program-Digital India, to provide technology based tranformation and citizen-based transparent system: President

11:26 am:

11:25 am: My government is firmly committed to engage people in the process of governance and policy-making: Pranab Mukherjee

11:24 am: Maximum governance and minimum government is the guiding principle of my government: Pranab Mukherjee

11:16 am: My Government created a new Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship with the theme "Hunar hai to Kalyan hai": President Mukherjee

11:14 am: Coverage under Jan-Dhan scheme is close to 100 per cent and target achieved in six months achieved: President

11:13 am: Inclusive growth covering poorest of poor from most vulnerable and disadvantaged sections of society is my government's topmost priority: President

11:10 am: Land Acquisition Act being suitably modified to remove procedural difficulties: President Mukherjee

11:07 am: President Mukherjee asks all MPs to spend 50% of their MPLADS in cleaning up their respective constituencies.

11:05 am: The Centre promised to walk the “extra mile” to accommodate the Opposition’s concerns and Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed for cooperation for the benefit of common man. >Read here

11:00 am: The budget session of Parliament began; and the Modi Government will present its first full year Budget on February 28.

Economic Survey will be presented on Feb. 27 and Railway Budget on Feb. 26. The budget will be important as it will be the first full-year budget for the reforms-oriented and business-friendly Modi Government.

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