‘Gov­er­nors should help in the cre­ation of a New In­dia’

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - NATION - Let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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

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