Govt working to provide house to every poor, homeless by 2022: Prez Kovind

File photo of President Ram Nath Kovind
President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday exuded confidence that the law to ban instant triple talaq will soon become a law and the Muslim women can live a life free of fear and dignity.

Delivering his maiden address to the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament, Kovind also made it clear that the Narendra Modi government will do everything to empower the minorities but not appease them.

The President also pitched for simultaneous elections to Parliament and state assemblies, saying there was a need to discuss and build a consensus among all parties on the possibility of holding simultaneous polls.

"There is need to discuss and build consensus among parties on the possibility of holding simultaneous elections for Parliament and the state assemblies," he said.

On instant talaq, he said "Muslim women's honour was a victim of political upmanship. Now the country has the opportunity to free them from this situation.

"My government tabled a bill on Triple Talaq in Parliament and I hope it will become a law soon. After the law comes into force, the Muslim daughter and sister can live a life free of fear and dignity," he said.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, union ministers, BJP President Amit Shah, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi were among others present in the Central Hall when Kovind delivered his first speech.

Referring to various welfare schemes initiated by the Modi government, Kovind said with a sensitive approach towards providing housing with the availability of water, electricity and toilet facilities to all, the government is targeting to provide a house to every poor and homeless household by the year 2022.

He also spoke about the introduction of goods and services tax to bring in transparency and make tax system easier.

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