Opposition to raise agrarian crisis, judiciary issues in Budget session

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Opposition to raise agrarian crisis, judiciary issues in Budget session

At the all-party ahead of the Budget session, the Prime Minister on Sunday, said the Budget session is very important and the government takes very sincerely the suggestions given about it by opposition during discussion in all party meeting.

"Working for the upliftment and dignity of all weaker and deprived sections of society is my government's priority", Kovind said.

Opposition parties are also planning to corner the government on unemployment, price rise, rural distress and atrocities on Dalits.

On internal security in the country, the President said terrorist violence in the interiors of Jammu and Kashmir was directly related to cross-border infiltration.

The focus of the union budget is expected to be on job creation, small businesses and rural schemes after the gross domestic growth forecast for the year ending March 2018 was predicted as 6.5 percent, the weakest in four years.

"Sensitive towards safeguarding their interests, my Government is continuously working for reforms in labour laws", he said. The second quarter of 2017-18, however, has seen a reversal of this trend.

"Over the last three and a half years, more than 93 lakh houses have been constructed by the government in rural and urban areas". According to an analysis by public data analysis website, Factly, the average number of Budget Session sittings during the first NDA government was 37, which fell to 34 during the two successive terms of the UPA government.

Highlighting the government's "efforts" for the economic, social and educational empowerment of minorities he said the government believed in "empowerment and not appeasement" of minorities.

"So far, agricultural commodities valued at about Rs 36,000 crore have been traded on e-NAM portal." he said.

On the GST, Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley said that as on December 2017, there were 9.8 million unique GST registrants slightly more than the total Indirect Tax registrants under the old system (where many taxpayers were registered under several taxes).

The bill that seeks to criminalize the practice of triple talaq was blocked in the Rajya Sabha, where the government is in a minority, earlier this month. The government has abolished subsidy on haj pilgrimage and relaxed norms allowing women travelling without a male companion for haj.

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