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New Delhi: The government will allow women in all fighter streams of the armed forces, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Tuesday. "Shakti, which means power, is the manifestation of female energy. This shakti defines our strength. My government has approved induction of women as short service commission officers and as fighter pilots in Indian Air Force," he said.
"In the future, my government will induct women in all fighter streams of our armed forces," the President said in his address to the joint sitting of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.
"Firm and effective steps will be taken to deal with any situation arising out of cross-border terrorism. My government is fully committed to firmly deal with all challenges concerning the security of the country," said Mukherjee. The President was addressing the joint sitting of both houses of parliament, marking the traditional beginning of the budget session.
Calling terrorism a global threat, he expressed the need for strong counter-terrorism measures worldwide to eradicate the menace completely. Mukherjee also congratulated the Indian security forces in successfully foiling the recent terrorist attack at Pathankot airbase. "We are indebted to those who inspire us by their selfless service and their supreme sacrifice in the line of duty," said the President.
He also said that security forces play an important role in tackling threats in the country's northeast and the areas influenced by Left-wing extremism.
"As part of the Namami Gange Programme, my government is implementing several projects in all 118 cities and complete sanitation solutions for 1,649 gram panchayats, on the banks of the holy Ganga," the President said.
Addressing the joint session of both houses of parliament, he said that 29 electronic manufacturing clusters were under development. "The country recorded the highest ever software exports during 2015," the president said.
"Setting up world-class infrastructure for electronics manufacturing across the country remains a priority for my government," he said. He said the government's endeavour is to scale new heights in space building upon the success over the past year.