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BS Web Team  | New Delhi 

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Ram Nath Kovind
President Ram Nath Kovind

The of began on Thursday, a day before the Interim Budget 2019 will be presented by  

With the around the corner, this year's is expected to be a stormy one. The began with President Ram Nath Kovind addressing a joint session of The President said, "India was going through "uncertain times" ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and the government after assuming power resolved to work towards a 'New India', giving hope to the people." 

He said the NDA government has been trying to pass the bill to empower Muslim women so that they can live a life without fear.

The government has been working to fulfil hopes and aspirations of all sections of people, he said.

Highlighting the government's achievements and various welfare schemes, Kovind said 21 crore poor people were covered under the PM's life insurance scheme, while over 2 crore households got power connection as part of the PM's Saubhagya scheme.


The Budget session will conclude on February 13.

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