Agencies, New Delhi
Asserting that the agencies across the world have an optimistic opinion about the India economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the Budget 2018 would aim at fulfilling hte aspirations of all sections of the society.
Addressing the media outside Parliament ahead of the Budget Session, Modi requested all political parties to pass the Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged all political parties to help in the passage of the Triple Talaq Bill in the Budget session to protect Muslim women.
Talking to reporters ahead of the Budget session which commenced on Monday with President Ram Nath Kovind addressing both the houses of Parliament, the PM said that the Union Budget will fulfil aspirations of the people.
Appealing to all political parties to help in the passage of the Bill in the Budget session, the PM said,’’ I make a humble request to all the parties to get the Bill on Triple Talaq passed.
We have to pass it and protect the Muslim women. Let us begin 2018’s first Parliament session by giving strength to our Muslim sisters by empowering them by passing the Triple Talaq Bill.’’
The PM said that the Union Budget will help fulfil the aspirations of the people.
‘’The Budget will add a new vigour to India’s development and fulfil aspirations of people,’’ the Prime Minister said.
Seeking cooperation from all political parties for the smooth running of the session, the PM said, ‘We should make use of our system of Parliamentary committees and discuss aspects of the Budget. We should think about the well-being of rural India, farmers, Dalits, tribal communities and labourers.’’
Stressing on the importance of the Budget session, the PM said, ‘This Budget Session is important. The world is optimistic about India. Agencies like the World Bank and IMF have been giving an optimistic opinion of the country.’’
The PM had, in the all-party meeting called on Sunday by the government, sought a constructive cooperation from all political parties for the smooth running of the session.
The Budget session, that commenced with the President’s address, will end on April 6 with a nearly a month’s recess from February 9 to March 4.
Farm revenues have been hit admits Economic Survey
The acceleration trend in rural wages (agriculture and non agriculture) in 2016 on the back of good monsoon, seems to have decelerated from just before the kharif of 2017 although it is greater than much of last three years, says the Economic Survey 2017-18 tabled in Parliament on Monday.
According to the Survey, three crop developments were specific including lower sowing in both, kharif and rabbi, reducing the demand for labour; decline in crop acreage; and lower farmgate prices affecting farm revenues. The acreage for kharif and rabi for 2017-18 is estimated to have declined by 6.1 per cent and 0.5 per cent respectively.
Although pulses and oilseeds had seen an increase in sowing, this translated in unusually low farm gate prices which were below the minimum support price, affecting farm revenues.
The TOP (tomato, onion, potato) perishables, meanwhile, fluctuated between high and low prices, endangering income uncertainty for farmers, the Survey observes.
PM should also secure passage of Women Bill: Congress
Reiterating its support for the Triple Talaq Bill, the Congress on Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to secure the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha.
Talking to reporters here, AICC senior spokesperson and Deputy Leader of the Congress in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma, reacting to the Prime Minister’s urging all political parties to support the passage of the triple Talaq Bill to help protect Muslim women, said, ‘We are fully in support of the Triple Talaq Bill. However, like every Bill, this Bill should also pass through legislative scrutiny.
“If the PM is serious about the cause of empowerment of women, he should help to secure the passage of the women’s reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha, where his party is in a majority.’
On the issue of the Triple Talaq Bill, Mr Sharma said, ‘We have earlier also said we are in full support of the Bill. However, the Bill should pass through legislative scrutiny. This government has made a habit of avoiding legislative scrutiny.’
He said the government should bring a provision in the Bill for providing financial support to Muslim women whose husbands face criminal action under the Bill.
‘A provision should be made in the Bill for financial support for the women who are affected by it,’ Mr Sharma said.
The Triple Talaq Bill has already been passed in the Lok Sabha. However, it has been stuck in the Rajya Sabha as the Opposition is demanding that the Bill be sent to a Select committee of the Rajya Sabha to help remove the lacunae in the legislation.
The Prime Minister on Monday morning made a plea to all political parties to help in the passage of the Triple Talaq Bill to protect Muslim women.
Appealing to all political parties to help in the passage of the Bill in the Budget session, the Prime Minister said, “I make a humble request to all the parties to get the Bill on Triple Talaq passed. We have to pass it and protect the Muslim women. Let us begin 2018’s first Parliament session by giving strength to our Muslim sisters by empowering them by passing the Triple Talaq Bill.’’