He, however, declared that government attaches paramount importance to safeguarding the interests of farmers and families affected by land acquisition.

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Delivering his address to the joint sitting of Parliament, whose budget session commenced on Monday, he said the government will constantly endeavour for smooth conduct of legislative business and enactment of progressive laws in the Parliament.

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In the address, which is mandated before the start of the first session of the year in which the President reads out government's plans for the coming year, Mukherjee said Parliament is the sanctum sanctorum of Democracy and the people of have reposed unflinching faith in this institution for fulfilment of their hopes and expectations.
"My Government will constantly endeavour for smooth conduct of legislative business and enactment of progressive laws in the Parliament which reflects the will and aspirations of the people," he said.

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"I urge all Members of the Parliament to discharge their solemn responsibility in a spirit of cooperation and mutual accommodation," he added.

The 18-page hour-long speech details the various steps taken by the government during its first nine months in office and lists the steps it will take during the coming days.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his ministerial colleagues, Opposition leaders in both the Houses, former Prime Minister Ministers Manmohan Singh and H D Deve Gowda, Sonia Gandhi and L K Advani were among those seated in the front benches at the Central Hall of Parliament.
Against the backdrop of Oppositions plans to corner the government on various ordinances including the one on land acquisition, the President gave no indication of government bringing any changes in the bill to replace the ordinance.

"My government attaches paramount importance to safeguard the interest of farmers and families affected by land acquisition.
"While taking utmost care to protect the interest of farmers, including their compensation entitlements, the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act has been suitably refined to minimise certain procedural difficulties in acquisition of Land inevitably required for critical public projects of infrastructure and for creation of basic amenities like rural housing, schools and hospitals, particularly in remote areas," he said.

The President said that the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India has significantly expanded relations with its largest neighbour China based on mutual respect and sensitivity to each other's concerns and interests.
"We have restored confidence and momentum in our time-tested strategic partnership with Russia with President Vladimir Putin’s visit.
"The historic visit of US President Barack Obama as the Chief Guest of the Republic Day has elevated our relations with the United States to a new level," he said.

In the coming months, Mukherjee said India intends to further deepen cooperation with Europe.
Referring to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee's statement that "the greatest strength of India is her rich spiritual and civilisational heritage," he said, the core values of Indian civilisation emphasise universal good -- welfare of all human beings.
"The fundamental tenet of my government is 'sabka saath, sabka vikas' -- All Together, Development of all," he said, adding within a span of nine months, the government has articulated and embarked on comprehensive strategy for unleashing the full potential of country and precious resource of 125 crore people.

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