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Indian President Pranab Mukherjee Reuters

The joint sitting of the Parliament will be addressed by President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday. The President will announce the Union government's development programmes for the country.

Mukherjee's address will be at 11am in the Central Hall of the Parliament. He will list out the government's priorities, like strengthening the economy, and measures for the all-round growth of the country and effectively bringing down the price rise and inflation.

Reports say both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will have sittings soon after the President's address, and a copy of the President's speech will be tabled in both Houses for discussion.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is set to face crucial issues like price rise, fiscal deficit and economic slowdown. The President is likely to mention these issues in his address.

The NDA government's measures to attract foreign investments, pacing up of the development of core sectors and the industrial development of the country are also supposed to be covered in the President's address.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, a discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President's address will be held in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. As per the provisional list of business in the Houses, BJP Vice-President Muktar Abbas Naqvi will initiate the discussion in Rajya Sabha and the party's General Secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy will do so in Lok Sabha.

It is understood that Prime Minister Modi may intervene in the discussion on the Motion of Thanks in Lok Sabha and, in the same way, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley may intervene in the discussion in Rajya Sabha.

Meanwhile, Union railway minister DV Sadananda Gowda said on Saturday that he would work 24x7, like trains which render services to people day and night. He also vowed to produce a report card on his performance as MP to his constituency's people after the five-year term.

Gowda was speaking at a programme in Bangalore, where he was falicitated on becoming the Union railways minister. Reports say that the new railways minister is going to clear the proposed circular railway project for the burgeoning Bangalore city.