Firm steps would be taken to deal with cross-border terrorism, President Pranab Mukherjee said during his address to both Houses of the Parliament.
“Let me congratulate the security forces in successfully foiling the recent attack at the Pathankot airbase by terrorists. Firm and effective steps will be taken to deal with any situation arising out of cross-border terrorism,” the President said.
Expressing the government’s commitment to firmly deal with “all challenges concerning the security of the country,” he said terrorism was a global threat and “strong counter- terrorism measures are necessary worldwide to eradicate it completely.”
Noting that there was “significant improvement” in the overall security situation in the Northeast and Left Wing Extremism affected states, President Mukherjee said this has been made possible “through sustained efforts and measures taken by the intelligence agencies and security forces in collaboration with the state governments.”
In his customary address to the joint sitting of both the Houses of Parliament outlining government’s agenda in the coming financial year, he also declared that the government will constantly strive for smooth and constructive conduct of Parliamentary business.
“Our Parliament reflects the supreme will of the people. Democratic temper calls for debate and discussion, and not disruption of obstruction.
“My government will constantly strive for smooth and constructive conduct of Parliamentary business. I urge all Members of Parliament to discharge their solemn responsibilities in a spirit of cooperation and mutual accommodation. Let us all collectively endeavour to build a flourishing and prosperous India,” he said.
The President’s remarks assume significance in the context of repeated disruption of business on various issues, loss of time of Parliament and the stalling of legislative business in Rajya Sabha where the government lacks majority.
The 20-page speech was heard in rapt attention by members in the central hall of Parliament whenever he spoke of the government achievements and new announcements.
“Let noble thoughts come from all directions, should be the spirit behind the debate in this temple of democracy. Being a member of this great institution bestows great honour as well as important responsibilities,” Mukherjee said.