National security top priority of the government: President Kovind

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President Ram Nath Kovind commences address to joint sitting of both houses

President Ram Nath Kovind commences address to joint sitting of both houses

President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday flagged national security as one of top most priorities of the government, saying all possible steps will be taken to ensure country’s security as it was done after the terror attack in Pulwama.

He also said that illegal infiltrators pose a major threat to India’s internal security, leading to a social imbalance in many parts of the country.

“India has amply demonstrated both her intent and capabilities, first through surgical strikes and then through air strikes on terrorist hideouts across the border after the Pulwama attack.

“In the future too, all possible steps will be taken to ensure our security,” he said addressing the joint sitting of both houses of Parliament after the formation of the 17th Lok Sabha.

The President said New India will be sensitive and also, economically prosperous but for this to happen, “nation’s security is of the utmost importance”. “My Government accords top most priority to national security. Therefore, effective steps are being taken to tackle terrorism and Naxalism,” he said.

President Kovind said illegal infiltrators pose a major threat to internal security.

“This is leading to a social imbalance in many parts of the country, as well as putting huge pressure on limited livelihood opportunities,” he said.

The President said the government has decided to implement the process of National Register of Citizens on priority basis in areas affected by infiltration.

President Kovind said while on the one hand, the government is working to identify infiltrators, on the other, it is also fully committed to protecting victims of persecution due to their faith.

In this regard, he said, efforts will be made to amend the Citizenship Act while protecting linguistic, cultural and social identities.

The President said considerable success has been achieved in this direction during the last five years. The area affected by Naxalism is reducing continuously.

President advised parliamentarians to accord priority to their duties as public representatives so that people are inspired to discharge their duties as citizens.

In his address to the joint sitting of both houses of Parliament in the historic Central Hall, Kovind also urged all MPs to dedicate themselves to the task of building a ‘New India’ and to discharge duties with utmost sincerity over the next five years.

The government will soon announce a new industrial policy aimed at promoting the growth of industries and creation of jobs, President said. He said work is underway in full earnest to transform India into a global manufacturing hub.

“Keeping in view Industry 4.0, a new industrial policy will be announced shortly,” he said.

The new policy will replace the industrial policy of 1991 which was prepared in the backdrop of balance of payment crisis. This will be the third industrial policy after the ones released in 1956 and 1991.

The proposed policy aims at promoting emerging sectors and modernising existing industries. It will also look to reduce regulatory hurdles and encourage adoption of frontier technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence.

(PTI)