President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday hailed the Citizenship Amendment Act as “historic” in his address to the Joint Sitting of both houses of Parliament, marking the beginning of the Budget Session of Parliament.
He also said that debate and discussion on any issue strengthens democracy while violence during protests weaken it.
“The Citizenship Amendment Act is a historic law. It has fulfilled wishes of our founding fathers including Mahatma Gandhi,” he said.
“Debate and discussions strengthen democracy but violence during protests weaken democracy,” he said without directly referring to the anti-CAA protests in the country some of which have witnessed violence.
In a reference to abrogation of Article 370, President Ram Nath Kovind said there is happiness among people of India that people in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have got rights on par with the rest of the country.
The President said Parliament has created a record in the first seven months of the new government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi by enacting several landmark legislations.
“My government is taking strong steps for making this decade as India’s decade and this century as India’s century,” he said.
President Kovind also condemned the atrocities against minorities in Pakistan and urged the international community to take necessary action.
The President said the creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff and the Department of Military Affairs will bring synergy among three services of the armed forces and speed up their modernisation.
On steps to tackle terrorism, he said the Modi government has given a free hand to security forces to curb the menace.
President Kovind also said the government was working for security of women and will set up over 1000 fast track courts to dispose of cases of crime against women.