Parliament adjourned till Friday
New Delhi, Feb 21 : Both the Houses of the Indian Parliament were adjourned till Friday as the budget session started with President Pranab Mukherjee addressing jointly both the Houses at the Central Hall of Parliament on Thursday.
The Lok Sabha was adjourned till Friday after members mourned the death of Rashtriya Janata Dal ( RJD) member Uma Shankar Singh.
Lok Sabh Speaker Meira Kumar on Thursday read out the obituary references to Singh and other ex-members Manharan Lal Pandey and P Shanmugam while the members of the Lower House of the Indian Parliament also mourned the deaths of 36 people at a stampede in Allahabad station in Uttar Pradesh earlier this month.
Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari made obituary references to seven former members, including Sushila Shankar Adivarekar, Krishnand Joshi, Charanjit Chanana and Nand Kishore Bhatt, besides condoling the death of pilgrims in the Allahabad stampede incident.
Meanwhile, Janata Dal (United) general secretary K C Tyagi and Congress MP Rajani Patil took oath as Rajya Sabha members.
Ansari informed the House he has accepted Rajya Sabha member Thomas Sangma's resignation.
Thomas, who was the lone Rajya Sabha member from Meghalaya, resigned to contest the upcoming Assembly election from North Tura, reports said.
Informing the House on the imposition of President's rule in Jharkhand, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde laid a copy of the proclamation under Article 356 of the Constitution in connection to the matter on the table of the House.
Ansari later adjourned the House till Friday.
On the first day, President Pranab Mukherjee earlier set in motion the budget session of the Parliament by addressing both houses.
The President in his speech focused on the atrocities on women and dwelt on economic challenges.
"The past year has been a very difficult one for the global economy. Europe is in recession. Most emerging markets are growing very slowly. It has been a difficult year for India also. Both global and domestic factors have affected our growth.
"We need to address the impact of both. My Government has responded to the situation by taking several measures to revive investment activity and investor sentiment," he said.
"The average annual growth rate of GDP in the 11th Plan, which concluded last year, was 8%. A notable feature of the Plan was the progress towards achieving inclusiveness with a faster decline in poverty than in the previous decade," Mukherjee said.
Mukherjee said the Indian economy is currently experiencing slower growth.
The President said his government has enacted a path-breaking legislation, the 'Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act', which provides for stringent punishment for persons who commit or abet such offences.
"My Government is also deeply concerned about incidents of sexual offences against women. After considering the recommendations of the Justice J.S. Verma Committee, the Government has promulgated an ordinance, amending the criminal law to provide for stringent punishment for heinous sexual offences against women.
"The Government has also begun to implement a series of administrative measures to improve the safety and security of women in the country," he said.