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Amidst al­le­ga­tions by chief min­is­ters of Op­po­si­tion-ruled states of in­ter­fer­ence by Gov­er­nors in ad­min­is­tra­tive is­sues, Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind on Thurs­day asked Gov­er­nors to es­tab­lish di­rect com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels with leg­is­la­tors, univer­sity chan­cel­lors and vice-chan­cel­lors, aca­demi­cians and so­cial work­ers in their states.

Ad­dress­ing a two-day con­fer­ence of Gov­er­nors and Lt Gov­er­nors of states and Union Ter­ri­to­ries, the Pres­i­dent said their obli­ga­tion to com­mit them­selves to the wel­fare of the peo­ple was more pro­nounced in the “cur­rent paradigm of co­op­er­a­tive fed­er­al­ism”.

“Gov­er­nors can pro­vide a new di­men­sion to the de­vel­op­ment of states by com­mu­ni­cat­ing with leg­is­la­tors,” he said.

PM Naren­dra Modi also ad­dressed Gov­er­nors, ask­ing them to en­cour­age their states, youth and univer­sity net­work to adopt one sport (other than cricket) and build ex­cel­lence.

In his open­ing ad­dress at the con­fer­ence, at­tended by Vice Pres­i­dent M Venka­iah Naidu and Modi, Kovind said Gov­er­nors should in­spire and con­nect all rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers in their re­spec­tive states for the cre­ation of a New In­dia that is free of cor­rup­tion, poverty, il­lit­er­acy, mal­nu­tri­tion and un­hy­gienic con­di­tions.

The as­ser­tion has come in the back­drop of Delhi Lt Gover­nor Anil Bai­jal and Puducherry’s Ki­ran Bedi hav­ing dif­fer­ences of opin­ion in ad­min­is­tra­tive mat­ters with their chief min­is­ters.

The con­fer­ence is be­ing at­tended by 27 Gov­er­nors and three Lt Gov­er­nors. The ad­min­is­tra­tors of the UTs of Dadra and Na­gar Haveli and Da­man and Diu as well as of Lak­shad­weep are also par­tic­i­pat­ing as spe­cial in­vi­tees.

On the first day of the con­fer­ence, two Union Min­is­ters, Prakash Javadekar and Dhar­men­dra Prad­han, gave pre­sen­ta­tions, which en­sued into a dis­cus­sion on the themes of ‘Higher Ed­u­ca­tion in States’ and ‘Skill De­vel­op­ment and En­trepreneur­ship - Mak­ing Youth Em­ploy­able’. The agenda of the con­fer­ence has been shaped by the over-arch­ing na­tional mis­sion to achieve ‘New In­dia-2022’.

The Doyen of Gov­er­nors or the se­nior most Gover­nor at the Con­fer­ence, ESL Narasimhan, Gover­nor of Andhra Pradesh and Te­lan­gana, spoke on the gamut of de­vel­op­men­tal chal­lenges, rang­ing from en­ergy and tech­nol­ogy to sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

The first ses­sion was also ad­dressed by PM Modi, who em­pha­sised en­cour­ag­ing in­no­va­tion not just in new tech­nol­ogy but also find­ing so­lu­tions to long-stand­ing problems. He en­cour­aged Gov­er­nors to in­ter­act with stu­dents and teach­ers.


Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind greets Gov­er­nors on Thurs­day

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