President Ram Nath Kovind urged the government to ensure stringent punishment for crimes against women and said the new Modi government's main objective was to build a secure nation. Addressing the joint session of Parliament in the historic Central Hall after the formation of the 17th Lok Sabha, Kovind said the penal provisions for crimes committed against women should be strictly enforced.
After extending his heartiest congratulations to all newly elected members, president Kovind urged all the Parliamentarians to extend their support to eradicate malpractices such as triple talaq and 'nikah-halala' in order to ensure equal rights to the women of the country.
"Empowerment of women is one of the highest priorities of my government. The empowerment of women and their effective participation in society and economy is the test of a developed society," Kovind said.
The President said the new government is committed to improving the lives of the people residing across Indian and would serve everyone equally. In his 60-minute speech, the President also spoke about the ongoing water crisis in the country and stressed that there is a dire need for the country to work towards water conservation. He also highlighted the various initiatives taken by the Centre in the last five years.
President Kovind also touched about the issue of growing menace of terrorism and said that the country had demonstrated its intentions and capabilities by carrying out air strikes on terrorist targets across the border. He also cited as a great achievement as UN (United Nation) declaring Masood Azhar - who was responsible for several major terror attacks in the country and how the entire world supported India on the issue of terrorism.
President also talked about the economic offenders who have fled the country saying that the government is making efforts to acquire information from 146 nations including Switzerland and campaign to against black money will be carried out at a faster speed now.
In his concluding remark, President Ram Nath Kovind called for deliberation on "One Nation, One Election" citing that it will help India to grow faster and all the political parties will be able to carry out their task of welfare and development for the people in accordance with their respective ideologies.
The Parliament's Budget Session, which began on June 17, will continue till July 26. The Economic Survey will be presented on July 4 followed by the Union Budget for 2019-20 on July 5.