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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