Mrunal Manmay Dash

President Droupadi Murmu on Tuesday addressed the joint sitting of Parliament on the occasion of the introduction of the Union budget 2023.

She took the opportunity to quote an Odia poem by famous poet Kuntala Kumari Sabat which describes Indian women and their valor.

“Basundhara tale bharata ramani nuhe hina nuhe dina, amara pirati ...." which when translated in to English, means, "Indian women are not inferior to anybody else in this world. Their immortal works will reflect for ages to come."

Murmu put emphasis on the fact that the number of females has become greater than males for the first time in our country.

While addressing the members of both Houses, the President said, "This 25-year period of ‘Amrit Kaal' is the golden era of independence and the period of building a developed India. These 25 years are for all of us and for every citizen of the country to show the culmination of our duties.

"By 2047, we have to build a nation that will be connected to the pride of the past and which will have all the golden chapters of modernity. We have to build an India that will be 'Aatmanirbhar' and capable of fulfilling its humanitarian duties", said President Murmu.

"Ayushman Bharat Yojana has saved crores of poor from becoming poorer. About 11 crore families have been connected with piped water supply in three years under the Jal Jeevan Mission. Poor families are getting the maximum benefit from this. My government has worked for every class without any discrimination. As a result of my government's efforts in the last few years, many basic facilities have either reached 100 per cent population or are very close to that target", said the President while addressing the session.