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|Address to Parliament’s Joint Sitting | President Murmu congratulates J&K electorate for record-breaking voter turnout

She said that often, due to an adversarial mindset and narrow selfishness, the basic spirit of democracy had been greatly undermined.
 address to parliament’s joint sitting   president murmu congratulates j k electorate for record breaking voter turnout

New Delhi, June 27: President of India Droupadi Murmu Thursday congratulated the people of Jammu and Kashmir for the record-breaking voter turnout in the recent parliamentary polls.
Addressing a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament after the constitution of the 18th Lok
Sabha, President Murmu said, “A very heartening aspect of this election emerged from Jammu
and Kashmir. Kashmir broke all records of voter turnout in decades. In the last four decades, we
witnessed low voter turnout amidst shutdowns and strikes in Kashmir. Enemies of India
continued to spread false propaganda at global forums, projecting it as an opinion of Jammu and
Kashmir. But this time Kashmir has given a befitting reply to every such element within the
country and outside.”


She extended her heartiest congratulations and best wishes to all the newly-elected members of
the 18th Lok Sabha.


“You all are here after winning the trust of voters of the country. Very few get this privilege to
serve the nation and the people. I am confident that you will fulfil your responsibilities in the
spirit of ‘nation first’ and will be a medium to fulfil the aspirations of 140 crore Indians,” the
President said.


She wished Om Birla the best for performing his exalted role as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha.
“He has vast experience in public life. I am confident that he will be successful in taking
democratic traditions to new heights with his skills,” President Murmu said.


She thanked the Election Commission of India (ECI) on behalf of crores of Indians.
“This was the largest election in the world. About 64 crore voters performed their duty with
enthusiasm and zeal. Women cast their votes in huge numbers this time also. For the first time,
the home voting facility was made available in this Lok Sabha Election. I convey my
appreciation for the work done by all the personnel associated with the Lok Sabha elections and
also extend my congratulations to them,” the President said.


She said that the entire world was talking about the Lok Sabha Elections 2024.
“The world is witnessing that the people of India have elected a stable government with a clear
majority, consecutively for the third term. This has happened after six decades. At a time when
the aspirations of the people of India are at their highest ever, people have reposed faith in my
government for the third consecutive term. The people of India have full faith that only my
government can fulfil their aspirations.


Therefore, this election of 2024 has been an election of
trust in policy, intention, dedication and decisions. Trust in a strong and decisive government.
Trust in good governance, stability and continuity
Trust in honesty and hard work. Trust in security and prosperity. Trust in the government’s
guarantees and delivery. Trust in India's resolve to be Viksit Bharat. It is a stamp of approval for my government’s mission of service and good governance undertaken in the past 10 years. It is a mandate that the work of making India a developed nation continues uninterrupted and India
attains its goals,” President Murmu said.


She said that the 18th Lok Sabha was historic in many ways.
“This Lok Sabha was constituted in the early years of Amrit Kaal. This Lok Sabha will also be
witness to the 75th year of the adoption of the Constitution of India. I am confident that this Lok
Sabha will script a new chapter on decisions for public welfare,” the President said. “My
government will present its first budget in the forthcoming session. This budget will be an effective document of the government’s far-reaching policies and futuristic vision. Along with
major economic and social decisions, many historic steps will also be seen in this budget.”

She said that the pace of reforms would be further accelerated in tune with the aspirations of the
people of India for rapid development.

“My government believes that there should be healthy competition among the states to attract
investors from all over the world. This is the true spirit of competitive cooperative federalism.
We will continue to move ahead with the belief that the development of the country lies in the
development of the states,” President Murmu said.

She said that the resolve to reform, perform, and transform had made India the fastest-growing
economy in the world.
“In 10 years, India has risen to become the 5th largest economy from being the 11th ranked

From 2021 to 2024, India has grown at an average rate of 8 percent annually. And this growth
has not been achieved under usual circumstances. In recent years, we have seen the biggest
pandemic in 100 years. India has achieved this growth amidst the global pandemic and despite
ongoing conflicts in different parts of the world.

This has been made possible due to reforms and
major decisions undertaken in the national interest in the last 10 years. Today, India alone is
contributing 15 percent of the global growth. Now, my government is striving to make India the
3rd largest economy in the world. Achieving this goal will also strengthen the foundation of a
developed India,” the President said.

She said that her government was giving equal importance to all three pillars of the economy –
manufacturing, services, and agriculture.
“PLI schemes and ease of doing business have contributed to increasing investments and
employment opportunities on a large scale. Along with the traditional sectors, sunrise sectors are
also being promoted in mission mode. Be it semiconductor or solar, be it electric vehicles or
electronic goods, be it green hydrogen or batteries, be it aircraft carriers or fighter jets, India is
expanding in all these sectors.

My government is also making continuous efforts to reduce the cost of logistics. The government is also strengthening the services sector. Today, India is emerging as a leader in every sector from IT to tourism and from health to wellness. And this is creating a large number of new opportunities for employment and self-employment,” President Murmu said.

She said that in the last 10 years, her government had placed great emphasis on every aspect of
the rural economy.

“Agro-based industries, dairy and fishery-based industries are being expanded in villages. In this
also, cooperatives have been accorded priority. The government is creating a large network of
Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) and cooperative organisations such as PACS. A major
problem for small farmers is related to storage.

Therefore, my government has commenced work on a scheme to create the world’s largest storage capacity in the cooperative sector. To enable farmers to meet their small expenses, more than Rupees 3,20,000 crore have been disbursed to them under PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi. In the initial days of its new term, my government has transferred an amount of more than Rupees 20,000 crore to farmers. The government has also effected a record increase in the MSP for Kharif crops,” the President said.

She said that today’s India was making changes in its agricultural system in line with its current
“Policies have been framed and decisions taken guided by the thought that we become more self-
reliant and increase farmers’ income through increased exports. For example, the government is providing all possible assistance to farmers to reduce dependence on other countries for pulses
and oilseeds. New strategies are being formulated, keeping in mind the kind of food products
that are in high demand in the global market. Nowadays, the demand for organic products is
increasing rapidly in the world. Indian farmers have ample capacity to meet this demand.
Therefore, the government is strengthening natural farming and the supply chain of its related
products. With these efforts, expenditure incurred by farmers on farming activities will reduce
and their income will also increase further,” President Murmu said.

She said that today’s India was known not for adding to the challenges the world was facing, but
for providing solutions to the world.

“As a Vishwa-Bandhu, India has taken initiatives in providing solutions to many global
problems. We are providing various solutions for issues ranging from climate change to food
security and from nutrition to sustainable agriculture. We are also running a campaign to
popularise our coarse grains – Shree Anna - as a superfood, across the world. On India’s
initiative, the year 2023 was celebrated as the International Year of Millets across the world. You
have also seen that International Yoga Day was recently celebrated as a global event. The
prestige of this great legacy of India is continuously rising in the world. By promoting Yoga and
Ayush, India is helping create a healthy world. My government has also increased renewable
energy capacities manifold. We are achieving our climate-related targets much ahead of
schedule. Our initiatives towards Net Zero are an inspiration for many countries. A record
number of countries have associated with us on our initiatives such as the International Solar
Alliance,” the President said.

She said that the future was going to be the Harit Yug or Green Era.
“My government is taking all necessary steps in this direction. We are increasing investments in
green industries, leading to an increase in green jobs. Be it green energy or green mobility, we
are working with ambitious goals on all fronts. My government is also committed to making our
cities the best living spaces in the world. Living in cities which are pollution-free, clean and with
amenities is the right of Indian citizens. Investments on an unprecedented scale have been made,
particularly in small cities and towns, in the last 10 years. India is the world’s third-largest
domestic aviation market. In April 2014, India had only 209 airline routes. This number has
increased to 605 by April 2024. This increase in the aviation routes has directly benefitted tier-2
and tier-3 cities. In 10 years, Metro has reached 21 cities.  Work is going on in many schemes
such as Vande Metro. My government is working to make India’s public transport system one of
the best in the world,” President Murmu said.

She said that her government was working on those modern parameters which would enable
India to stand on an equal footing with developed countries.
“In this direction, infrastructure development has emerged as the new face of a changing India.
My government has, in 10 years, constructed more than 3,80,000 km of village roads under the
PM Gram Sadak Yojana. Today, we have an expanding network of national highways and
expressways in the country. The pace of construction of national highways has more than
doubled. Work on the high-speed rail ecosystem between Ahmedabad and Mumbai is also
progressing at a rapid pace. My government has decided to conduct feasibility studies for bullet
train corridors in the North, South and East of the country. For the very first time, work on inland
waterways has started on such a large scale. The North-East will benefit immensely from this
initiative. My government has increased the allocation for the development of the North-Eastern
Region by more than four times in the last 10 years. The government is working to make this
region a strategic gateway under its Act East Policy. Connectivity of all kinds is being expanded in the North-East.  Development works are being taken up in every field including education,
health, tourism and employment. A semiconductor plant is being established in Assam for Rs
27,000 crore. The North-East will also be a hub of made-in-India chips. My government is
continuously working for lasting peace in the North-East. In the last 10 years, many old disputes
have been resolved, and many important agreements have been reached. The work of
withdrawing AFSPA from the disturbed areas of the Northeast is also underway in a phased
manner by accelerating development in those areas. These new initiatives in every aspect of
development in the country are heralding the future of India,” the President said.

She said that her government which was committed to women-led development had started a
new era of women empowerment.

“Women in our country have been demanding greater representation in Lok Sabha and Vidhan
Sabha for a long time.  Today, they stand empowered by the enactment of Nari Shakti Vandan
Adhiniyam. Over the past decade, various government schemes have led to greater economic
empowerment of women.  As you are aware, during the last 10 years, the majority of the 4 crore
PM Awas houses have been allotted to women beneficiaries. Now, at the very start of the third
term of my government, approval for the construction of 3 crore new houses has been accorded.
Most of these houses will be allotted to women beneficiaries. Over the last 10 years, 10 crore
women have been mobilised into Self Help Groups. My government has started a comprehensive
campaign to make 3 crore women Lakhpati Didis.  For this, financial support to the Self Help
Groups is also being increased. The government endeavours to improve skills and sources of
income and enhance respect for women. The NAMO Drone Didi Scheme is contributing towards
achieving this goal. Under this scheme, women belonging to thousands of Self Help Groups are
being provided with drones and also being trained as drone pilots. My government has also
recently started the Krishi Sakhi Initiative.  Under this initiative, to date, 30,000 women
belonging to Self Help Groups have been provided with Krishi Sakhi certificates. Krishi Sakhis
are being trained in modern agricultural practices so that they can help farmers in further
modernisation of agriculture,” President Murmu said.

She said that the effort of her government was also to maximise the savings of women.
“We are well aware of the popularity of Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana under which a higher
interest rate is being provided to girls on their bank deposits. Women are also immensely
benefitting from the schemes providing free ration and affordable gas cylinders. Now my
government has also brought a scheme to bring down the electricity bill to zero and generate
income by selling electricity. Solar panels are being installed on the rooftops of houses under PM
Surya Ghar Muft Bijli Yojana. For this, my government has been providing support of up to Rs
78,000 per family. More than 1 crore families have already been registered under this scheme
within a very short time. The electricity bill of houses with rooftop solar installation has come
down to zero,” the President said.

She said achieving the goal of Viksit Bharat would be possible only when the poor, youth,
women and farmers of this country are empowered.

“Therefore, topmost priority is being accorded to these four pillars in the schemes of my
government. Our effort is to ensure that the benefit of every government scheme reaches them.
This is the saturation approach. When the government works with the intention that not a single
person is left out of the government schemes, it benefits everyone. It is because of the
implementation of government schemes with the saturation approach over the last 10 years that
25 crore Indians have been brought out of poverty. This includes families of Scheduled Castes,
Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes and all other social and regional groups. In the last 10 years, focus on last-mile delivery has changed the lives of these sections. The change is more
evident, especially in the tribal communities. A scheme like PM JANMAN with an allocation of
more than Rs 24,000 crore is proving to be a means of development of the most backward tribal
communities. The government is also providing soft loans to disadvantaged groups through the
PM-SURAJ portal to make livelihood opportunities available. My government is developing
affordable indigenous assistive devices for Divyang brothers and sisters. PM Divyasha Kendras
are also being expanded to all parts of the country. This commitment to serve the deprived is true
Social Justice,” President Murmu said.

She said that as a mark of respect for the country’s labour force, the welfare and empowerment
of workers were her government’s priority.
“My government is integrating all the social security schemes for workers. The coverage of
accident and life insurance is being expanded by leveraging the networks of Digital India and the
post offices. The scope of PM SVANidhi will be expanded and street vendors in rural and semi-
urban areas will also be brought under its ambit,” the President said.

She said that Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar believed that the progress of any society depends
on the progress of the lower strata of the society.
“Empowerment of the poor has been the foundation of the achievements and progress of the
nation in the last 10 years. For the first time, my government has made the poor realise that the
government is at their service. In the difficult times of the coronavirus pandemic, the government
started PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana to provide free ration to 80 crore persons. The benefit of
this scheme is also being given to those families who have come out of poverty so that they do
not slip back into poverty. Swachh Bharat Mission has also made the dignity of the poor and
their health a matter of national significance. For the first time, toilets were built for crores of
poor people in the country. These efforts give us the confidence that today the nation is
following the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi in the true spirit. My government is providing free
health services to 55 crore beneficiaries under Ayushman Bharat Yojana. The opening of 25,000
Jan Aushadhi Kendras in the country is also progressing at a fast pace. Further, the government
is going to take yet another decision in this area. Now all the elderly above 70 years of age will
also be covered and get the benefit of free treatment under Ayushman Bharat Yojana,” President
Murmu said.

She said that often, due to an adversarial mindset and narrow selfishness, the basic spirit of
democracy had been greatly undermined.
“It affects the parliamentary system as well as the developmental journey of the nation. During
the phase of unstable governments in the country that lasted several decades, many governments,
even if willing, were neither able to bring reforms nor make critical decisions. The people of
India have now changed this situation by their decisive mandate. Many such reforms have taken
place in the last 10 years which are greatly benefiting the nation today. Even when these reforms
were being taken up, they were opposed and attempts were made to spread negativity. But all
these reforms have stood the test of time. Ten years ago, to save India's banking sector from
collapsing, the government brought banking reforms and made laws like IBC. Today, these
reforms have made India's banking sector one of the strongest banking sectors in the world.

Our public sector banks are robust and profitable today. Profits of public sector banks have crossed
Rupees 1.4 lakh crore in 2023-24 which is 35 percent higher than last year. The strength of our
banks enables them to expand their credit base and contribute to the economic development of
the nation. The NPAs of Public Sector banks are also continuously decreasing. Today SBI is
earning record profits. Today LIC is stronger than ever. Today HAL is also giving strength to the country's defence industry. Today, GST has become a medium to formalise India's economy and is helping make business and trade easier than before. For the first time, in April, GST collection has crossed Rupees 2 lakh crore. This has also strengthened the states economically. Today, the entire world is excited about Digital India and digital payments,” the President said.

She said that the modernisation of armed forces was essential for a strong India.
“Reforms in our armed forces should be a continuous process so that our forces maintain their
supremacy during wars. Guided by this, my government has introduced many reforms in the
defence sector in the last 10 years. Reforms like CDS have given new strength to our defence
forces. My government has taken many important steps to make the defence sector self-reliant.

The defence sector has greatly benefitted from the reforms in ordnance factories. More than 40
Ordnance factories have been restructured into 7 defence sector enterprises, resulting in
improvement of their capacity and efficiency.  It is due to such reforms that India is now
manufacturing defence equipment worth more than Rs 1 lakh crore.   In the last decade, our
defence exports have increased more than 18 times to the level of Rupees 21,000 crore.  The
BrahMos Missile defence deal with the Philippines has strengthened India’s standing in the
defence export sector. By encouraging youth and their startups, the Government has been able to
lay down a strong foundation for a self-reliant defence sector.

My government is also developing
two defence corridors, in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. It is a matter of joy for all of us that last
year nearly 70 percent of the total procurement of the defence forces was sourced from Indian
manufacturers only.  Our defence forces have decided not to import over 500 defence items. All
these arms and defence-related equipment are being procured only from Indian companies. My
government has always given priority to the needs of the personnel in the armed forces.

That is
why after four decades ‘One Rank One Pension’ has been implemented. Under this, Rs 1,20,000
crore has been disbursed till date. In honour of our martyrs, the government has also established
the National War Memorial at one end of Kartavya Path. These efforts are not only salutations
from a grateful nation for its brave soldiers but also a source of constant inspiration for the ideal
of ‘nation first,’” President Murmu said.

She said that her government was involved in creating an enabling environment for the youth of
the country to dream big and realise those dreams.

“In the last 10 years, every such obstacle which caused trouble to our youth has been removed.
In the past, the youth had to run from pillar to post to get their certificates attested.  Now their
self-attestation is sufficient. Interviews for recruitment into Group-C and Group-D posts of the
central government have been abolished. Earlier, the students who studied Indian languages
faced an unfair situation.  With the implementation of the new National Education Policy, my
government has been able to remove this injustice. Now students can take engineering courses in
Indian languages.  In the past 10 years seven new IITs, 16 IIITs, seven IIMs, 15 new AIIMS, 315
medical colleges, and 390 universities have been established.  The government endeavours to
further strengthen these institutions and increase their numbers as per requirement. The
government is working towards establishing a digital university as well. Programmes like Atal
Tinkering Labs, Start-up India and Stand-up India have helped improve the capacity of youth of
the country. It is due to these efforts that today India has become the third largest Start-up
ecosystem in the world,” the President said.

She said that it was the continuous endeavour of the government to provide the right
opportunities to the youth of the country to demonstrate their talent.
“Whether it is competitive examinations or government recruitment there should be no reason
for any hindrance.  This process requires complete transparency and probity.  Regarding the recent instances of paper leaks in some examinations, my government is committed to a fair
investigation and ensuring strict punishment of the culprits. Even earlier, we have witnessed
many instances of paper leaks in different states.  We must rise above party politics and
undertake concrete measures nationwide. Parliament has also enacted a strict law against unfair
means in examinations. My government is working towards major reforms in examination-
related bodies, their functioning and all aspects of the examination process,” President Murmu said.

She said that to further increase the participation of youth in nation-building, her government had
launched the ‘Mera Yuva Bharat (MY Bharat)' campaign.
“So far, more than 1.5 crore youth have registered for it. This initiative will inculcate leadership
skills and seed the spirit of service among the youth. Today our youth is getting new
opportunities to move forward in sports as well. Due to the effective efforts of my government,
young Indian players are winning a record number of medals on global platforms. The Paris
Olympics is also going to start in a few days. We are proud of every athlete representing India at
the Olympics. I convey my best wishes to them. To take these achievements further, the Indian
Olympic Association is also preparing to host the 2036 Olympic Games,” the President said.
She said that the Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita would come into force in the country from July 1.
“During the British regime, there was the mindset to punish the subjects. Unfortunately, the same
penal system of the colonial era continued for many decades after Independence. The idea of
changing this was much talked about for many decades, but it is my government which has
shown the courage to do it. Now justice will get priority over punishment, which also conforms
to the spirit of our constitution. These new laws will speed up the judicial process. Today, when
the country is becoming free of the colonial mindset in different aspects, this is a big step in that
direction. It is also a real tribute to our freedom fighters. My government has started granting
citizenship to refugees under the CAA. It has ensured a dignified life for many families who
have suffered due to partition. I wish a better future for the families who have been granted
citizenship under CAA,” President Murmu said.

She said that while building the future, her government was re-establishing the splendour and
heritage of Indian culture.
“Recently, a new chapter has been added to it, in the form of the grand campus of Nalanda
University. Nalanda was not just a university, but a testimony to India's glorious past as a global knowledge hub. I am confident that the new Nalanda University will help in making India a
global knowledge hub. My government endeavours to continue to inspire future generations with
our legacy of thousands of years. That is why places of pilgrimage and centres of faith and
spirituality are being spruced up across the country,” the President said.

She said that her government was working with the same pride for heritage as it has been
working for development.

“This resolve for pride in heritage is becoming a symbol of honour for the Scheduled Castes and
Scheduled Tribes, the deprived and all communities. My government started celebrating the birth
anniversary of Bhagwan Birsa Munda as Jan Jatiya Gaurav Divas. The 150th birth anniversary of
Bhagwan Birsa Munda will be celebrated across the country next year with great enthusiasm.
The country is also celebrating the 500th birth anniversary of Rani Durgavati on a large scale.
Last month, the country started the year-long celebration to mark the 300th birth anniversary of
Rani Ahilyabai Holkar. Earlier, the government also celebrated the 550th Prakash Parv of Guru
Nanak Dev Ji and the 350th Prakash Parv of Guru Gobind Singh Ji with great fervour. The
tradition of celebrating festivals like Kashi Tamil Sangamam and Saurashtra Tamil Sangamam in the spirit of 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat' was also initiated by my government. The new
generations get inspiration for nation-building from these events, and the sense of national pride
is made stronger,” President Murmu said. “Our successes are our shared heritage. We should,
therefore, take pride and not hesitate in embracing them. Today, India is performing well in
various sectors. These achievements give us immense opportunities to make us feel proud of our
progress and successes. We should feel proud when India performs well in digital payments
globally. We should feel proud when our scientists successfully land Chandrayaan on the South
Pole of the Moon. We should feel proud when India becomes the fastest-growing economy in the
world. We should also feel proud when India conducts such a large election exercise without any
major violence and disorder. Today, the whole world respects us as the mother of democracy.
The people of India have always demonstrated complete trust in democracy and expressed full
faith in the electoral institutions. We need to preserve and protect this trust to sustain our robust
democracy. We must realise that hurting the faith of people in democratic institutions and the
electoral process is like cutting the very branch on which we all are sitting. We should
collectively denounce every attempt to undermine the credibility of our democracy. We all
remember those times when ballot papers were snatched and looted. To ensure the sanctity of the
electoral process, it was decided to use EVMs. The EVM has passed every test, from the
Supreme Court to the people’s court, in the last few decades.”

She said that she also wanted to share some of her concerns.
“I would urge you to introspect on these issues and give concrete and constructive solutions to
the country. In this era of communication revolution, disruptive forces are conspiring to weaken
democracy and create fissures in society. These forces are present within the country and are also
operating from outside the country. These forces resort to rumour mongering, misleading the
people and misinformation. This situation cannot be allowed to continue unchecked. Today,
technology is advancing every day. In such a situation, its misuse against humanity can be
extremely harmful. India has expressed these concerns at the international forums also and
advocated for a global framework. It is our responsibility to stop this tendency and find new
ways and means to address this challenge,” the President said.

She said that the global order was taking a new shape in this third decade of the 21st century.
“Due to the efforts of my government, Bharat is giving a new confidence to the world as a
Vishwa-Bandhu. Due to its human-centric approach, India today is the first responder in any
crisis and has become a strong voice of the Global South. India has been at the forefront in
safeguarding humanity; be it the Corona crisis or an earthquake or a war. The way the world now
views India was evident during the G-7 summit held in Italy. India also brought the world
together on various issues during her G-20 presidency. It was during India's presidency that the African Union was made a permanent member of the G-20. This has strengthened the confidence of Africa and the entire Global South. Following the Neighbourhood First Policy, India has strengthened its relations with neighbouring countries. Participation of the leaders of seven
neighbouring countries in the swearing-in ceremony of the Union Council of Ministers on June 9
reflects this priority of my government. India, in the spirit of Sabka Saath-Sabka Vikas, is also
increasing cooperation with the countries of the Indo-Pacific region. Be it East Asia or the
Middle-East and Europe, my government is giving great emphasis on connectivity. It is India's
vision that has given shape to the India Middle East Europe Economic Corridor. This corridor
will prove to be one of the biggest game-changers of the 21st century,” President Murmu said.
She said that in a few months, India was going to complete 75 years as a republic.

“The constitution of India has stood up to every challenge and every test in the past decades.
Even when the constitution was in the making, there were forces in the world who wished India
to fail. Even after the Constitution came into force, it was attacked many times. Today is June
27. The imposition of Emergency on June 25, 1975, was the biggest and darkest chapter of the
direct attack on the constitution. The entire country felt outraged. But the country emerged
victorious over such unconstitutional forces as the traditions of the republic lie at the core of
India. My government also does not consider the constitution of India as just a medium of
governance; rather we are making efforts to ensure that our constitution becomes a part of public
consciousness. With this very objective in mind, my government has started celebrating
November 26 as Constitution Day,” the President said.

She said that the achievements of the nation were determined by the sincerity in discharging
one’s responsibilities.
“In the 18th Lok Sabha, many new members have become part of the parliamentary system for
the first time. Old members have also returned with new enthusiasm. You all know that the
present times are very favourable for India in every way. In the coming years, the decisions taken
and policies framed by the Government and the Parliament of India will be keenly watched by
the whole world. It is the responsibility of every Member of Parliament as well as of the
government, to ensure the country gets the utmost benefits during this favourable period. With
the reforms that have taken place in the last 10 years and the new confidence that has been
infused in the country, we have gained new momentum to make India a developed nation. We all
need to always remember that making India a developed nation is the aspiration and resolve of
every citizen of the country. All of us are responsible for ensuring that no obstacles come in the
way of achieving this resolution. Opposition of policies and obstruction of parliamentary
functioning are two different things. When Parliament conducts its business smoothly, when
healthy deliberations take place here, and when far-reaching decisions are taken, then the people
repose confidence not only in the government but also in the entire system. Therefore, I am
confident that every moment of Parliament will be fully utilised and public interest will be given
priority,” President Murmu said.

“In our Vedas, our sages have inspired us with the message
‘Samano Mantrah Samitih Samani’. That is, we work together with a common idea and goal.
This is the very spirit of this parliament. Therefore, when India becomes the third largest
economy, you will also be partners in this achievement. When we celebrate the hundredth
anniversary of Independence in 2047 as a developed India, this generation will also get credit.
The potential that our youth have today, the dedication we have in our resolutions today, our
seemingly impossible achievements, all these testify that the era to come is the era of India.”

She said that this century was India's century, and its impact would last for a thousand years to come.

“Let us all together, with full devotion to our duties, get actively involved in fulfilling national
resolutions and make India a developed nation,” the President said.