‘Governors should help in the creation of a New India’
NEWDELHI: Governors can provide a new dimension to the development of their states by communicating with legislators and deliberating on subjects related to public well-being, President Ram Nath Kovind said here on Thursday.
Addressing a two-day conference of governors, the President said their obligation to commit themselves to the welfare of the people was more pronounced in the “current paradigm of cooperative federalism”.
In his opening address at the conference, attended by Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra 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 comes 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 President said that being an intrinsic part of the legislative system in their states, Governors can provide a new dimension to the development of their states by communicating with legislators, and inviting them to Raj Bhavan to deliberate on subjects related to public well- being,” a statement issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan quoted Kovind as saying.
“The obligation of governors to preserve and uphold the Constitution and commit themselves to the service and welfare of the people is even more pronounced in the current paradigm of cooperative federalism,” Kovind said.
The President said critical milestones and national goals have been set in the context of the completion of 75 years of independence in 2022.
“In order to ensure ‘Team India’ advances in a single direction to achieve these national goals, governors should inspire and connect all relevant stakeholders in their respective states.” he said.
The President said it was essential to link youth with the process of nation building.
Ram Nath Kovind