On January 29, the Budget session was to be summoned by President Kovind by addressing the Joint Sitting of both Houses – Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha of Parliament at 11 am. He started off the note with an emotional message on the eve of India’s 69th Republic Day. The phase one of the budget session which started on January 29, 2018 would be continues till February 9, 2018. The Parliament will meet again after recess from March 5, 2018 to April 6, 2018.Here are some of the highlights and takeaways from the session:1. One of the things that Prime Minister Narendra Modi threw light on was the Triple Talaq Bill and he asked the opposition to clear the bill for the protection and safety of our Muslim women. “We should make most use of our healthy system of parliamentary committees and discuss aspects of the budget. Let us think about the well-being of rural India, our farmers, Dalits, tribal communities, Mazdoors. I make a humble request to all parties that we can pass the bill on Triple Talaq. We have to pass this bill and protect the Muslim women,” said PM Narendra Modi.2. Stating the importance of the session of this year’s Budget the PM stated, I make a humble request to all parties that we can pass the bill on Triple Talaq. We have to pass this bill and protect the Muslim women: PM Narendra Modi. We should make use of our system of parliamentary committees and discuss aspects of the Budget 2018. We should think about the well-being of rural India, farmers, Dalits, tribal communities and labourers.”3. President Ram Nath Kovind started his speech at the Parliament by saying that his government was striving hard foor the betterment of the nation and its growth. He also mentioned that, “We all have the obligation that, when the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is celebrated in 2019, we should make our country clean completely and express our sincere reverence to Pujya Bapu.”4. Moreover, he started my highlighting all the points relating to the safety and support of women. He pointed:a) tat a bill in relation to triple talaq has been presented and that he hopes it will be passed and made legal by which Muslim sisters and daughters will be able to live a fearless life with self respect.b) that the ‘Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojna’ gave an opportunity to equate women with facilities and solve an unseen side of social justice. c) that the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Practice’ scheme to end discrimination with daughters has seen success owing to which its scope has now been increased from 161 districts to 640 districts.d) a major step by amending the Maternity Benefit Act to 26 weeks maternity leave has been made for women, including salary which will help women with some time to take care of their newborns.5. He spoke about the developments in the various sectors due to schemes like ‘Prime Minister’s Crop Insurance Scheme’; ‘Prime Minister’s Security Insurance Scheme’ and ‘Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojna’; ‘One Nation One Grid’; ‘Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana’; ‘Pradhanmantri Awas Yojana- Urban’; campaigns like ‘Prime Minister Rural Digital Literacy Campaign’ and Apps like the ‘Bhima App’ and the ‘Umang App’.6. H spoke about the new policy for Metro projects and the work of Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed bullet train, the expansion of providing electricity where he stated that the task of delivering electricity to 18,000 villages is also moving towards fullness.7. GST being a Prime introduction this year, ministry of Finance’s Economic Survey 2017-18 says that there is a :a) 50% increase in number of indirect taxpayers b) Large increase in voluntary registrations under GST c) Distribution of GST base among states closely linked to size of their economies d) Strong correlation between export performance and states’ standard of livinge) India’s largest firms account for a much smaller share of exports than in other comparable countries f) India’s formal sector is substantially greater than currently believed8. India Economic Survey said that the GDP growth has averaged 7.3 per cent from 2014-15 to 2017-18, which is the highest among the major economies of the world. “That this growth has been achieved in a milieu of lower inflation, improved current account balance and notable reduction in the fiscal deficit to GDP ratio makes it all the more creditable,” Economic Survey 2018 said.9. As India emerges as one of world’s largest economies, it needs to gradually move from being a net consumer of knowledge to becoming a net producer, said Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian, upon presenting India Economic Survey.10. He also pointed out that India needs to gradually move from being a net consumer to a “net producer of knowledge” in order to address some of the country’s most pressing development challenges. The Government took introduced new policies and newer amendments including implementation of the Goods and Services Tax, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, and announcement of bank recapitalization, as per the economic survey 2017-18. A number of reforms to boost industrial growth include Make in India programme, Start-up India and Intellectual Rights Policy.The Parliament continues its talks on the Economic Survey 2018 said, while promising a much brighter and fruitful Budget in 2019.