Con­nect with MLAS for de­vel­op­ment, Prez to guvs

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NEW DELHI: 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 to­day.

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".

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 well­be­ing," a state­ment is­sued by Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van quoted Kovind as say­ing.

By par­tic­i­pat­ing in this meet­ing, gov­er­nors and lt gov­er­nors had got a good op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss im­por­tant is­sues and share ex­pe­ri­ences from their re­spec­tive states, he said.

He added that they play the role of a bridge between the Union govern­ment and states.

"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 con­fer­ence is be­ing at­tended by 27 gov­er­nors and three lt gov­er­nors of states and union ter­ri­to­ries. The ad­min­is­tra­tors of the union ter­ri­to­ries of Dadra and Na­gar Haveli and Da­man and Diu as well as of Lak­shad­weep are also par­tic­i­pat­ing as spe­cial in­vi­tees.

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.

"The fu­ture of the coun­try de­pends on the ca­pac­i­ties, moral val­ues and com­pas­sion of the younger gen­er­a­tion. Spe­cial at­ten­tion needs to be paid to higher ed­u­ca­tion and skill de­vel­op­ment at the level of states," Kovind said.

He also stressed the need for trust­ing ci­ti­zens more and gave the ex­am­ples of self-at­tes­ta­tion of doc­u­ments by in­di­vid­u­als and the eas­ier mech­a­nism for ob­tain­ing a pass­port.

Kovind urged the repli­ca­tion of th­ese ideas at the level of states, since much of a cit­i­zen's in­ter­ac­tion with govern­ment agen­cies is at the level of states. NEW DELHI: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Thurs­day said Gov­er­nors can be­come cat­alytic agents for change in the so­ci­ety while up­hold­ing the sanc­tity of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

Ad­dress­ing a con­fer­ence of Gov­er­nors at Rash­tra­p­ati Bhawan here, he men­tioned the tar­get of 'New In­dia' by 2022 and em­pha­sized that this can be achieved only by mak­ing it a peo­ple's move­ment, a PMO state­ment said.

He also said that the Gov­er­nors can "mo­ti­vate" banks to give loans un­der Mu­dra scheme to trib­als, dal­its and women, es­pe­cially in the pe­riod between Con­sti­tu­tion Day on Novem­ber 26 and Ambed­kar Ma­ha­parinir­vana Di­was on De­cem­ber 6.

He en­cour­aged them to in­ter­act at length with stu­dents and teach­ers in this re­gard, the state­ment said.

Giv­ing the ex­am­ple of the re­cent Hackathon con­ducted by the Union govern­ment where stu­dents had pro­posed tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions to sev­eral problems, the prime min­is­ter said uni­ver­si­ties should be cen­tres of in­no­va­tion. NEW DELHI: In a ma­jor sec­re­tary level bu­reau­cratic reshuf­fle, the govern­ment has shifted Health Sec­re­tary CK Mishra to ‘less im­por­tant' En­vi­ron­ment & For­est Min­istry, while se­nior IAS of­fi­cer In­jeti Srini­vas has been given the task to look into the af­fairs of Cor­po­rate Af­fairs Min­istry as its Sec­re­tary and se­nior IAS of­fi­cer Ajay Ku­mar Jha has been moved to Fi­nance Min­istry as ex­pen­di­ture sec­re­tary.

In an­other im­por­tant de­ci­sion, the govern­ment has ap­pointed an Ayurveda ex­pert Vadiya Ra­jesh Kotecha as the sec­re­tary of the AYUSH depart­ment for a pe­riod of three years. Preeti Su­dan, a 1983-batch of­fi­cer from Andhra Pradesh, has been ap­pointed the new health sec­re­tary. Ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial or­der, Jha, a 1982-batch of­fi­cer of Ma­nipur cadre, has been ap­pointed as the Of­fi­cer on Spe­cial Duty in the Depart­ment of Ex­pen­di­ture with im­me­di­ate ef­fect and will be tak­ing over as the ex­pen­di­ture sec­re­tary from Ashok Lavasa who re­tires on Oc­to­ber 31.

The three-year ten­ure of Kotecha, a for­mer vice-chan­cel­lor of Gu­jarat Ayurveda Univer­sity in Jam­na­gar, will also in­clude his term as spe­cial sec­re­tary, it said.

The 1983 batch Bi­har- cadre IAS of­fi­cer Mishra would re­place Jha. Co­in­ci­den­tally, Mishra has been shifted to the min­istry which has two doc­tors at the helm of af­fairs --- Cabi­net Min­is­ter Harsh Vard­han and his ju­nior Ma­hesh Sharma. Vard­han and Mishra had also worked to­gether in Health Min­istry.

Sports Sec­re­tary In­jeti Srini­vas, an IAS of­fi­cer of 1983 batch from Odisha cadre, has been ap­pointed cor­po­rate af­fairs sec­re­tary. It was Srini­vas who had taken sev­eral ini­tia­tives to reg­u­late ex­or­bi­tant prices of medicines and med­i­cal equip­ment, in­clud­ing coro­nary stents, when he was the Chair­man of Na­tional Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals Pric­ing Author­ity (NPPA).

For­mer UP chief sec­re­tary Rahul Prasad Bhat­na­gar will take Srini­vas's place in the sports min­istry. Chief Sec­re­tary of Arunachal Pradesh Shankun­tala Gam­lin, a 1984batch IAS of­fi­cer of UT cadre, will be the new sec­re­tary of the Depart­ment of Em­pow­er­ment of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties (DIVYANGJAN).

Alok Shrivastava, a 1984batch IAS of­fi­cer from Mad­hya Pradesh, will be the new sec­re­tary of the Depart­ment of Jus­tice. He was the spe­cial sec­re­tary in the ship­ping min­istry. Gopal Kr­ishna, a 1983batch of­fi­cer of the West Ben­gal cadre, has been ap­pointed the sec­re­tary of the ship­ping min­istry.

Ravi Kant, an IAS of­fi­cer of 1984 batch from Bi­har cadre, will be the new sec­re­tary of the Depart­ment of Food and Pub­lic Dis­tri­bu­tion, while KV Eapen, an IAS of­fi­cer of As­sam­megha­laya, who was at present in his cadre, will be the new sec­re­tary in the Depart­ment of Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­forms.

The govern­ment can­celled the ap­point­ment of VK Ya­dav, a 1980-batch of­fi­cer from In­dian Rail­way Ser­vice of Elec­tri­cal En­gi­neers, as ad­di­tional sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Sta­tis­tics and Pro­gramme Im­ple­men­ta­tion and de­barred him from ap­point­ment to any post in the Cen­tral Staffing Scheme, the or­der said.

Amita Prasad, who is at present ad­di­tional sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment, Forests and Cli­mate Change, has been given this ad­di­tional charge.

Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind along with Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and Vice Pres­i­dent Venka­iah Naidu dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Con­fer­ence of Gov­er­nors at Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van

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