Gov­er­nors can give new di­men­sions to de­vpt by com­mu­ni­cat­ing with MLAs, says Pres­i­dent

The Hitavada - - FRONT PAGE - Delhi Bu­reau and Agen­cies

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 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 well- be­ing,” 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.

While par­tic­i­pat­ing the 2-day con­fer­ence, Tamil Nadu Gover­nor Ban­war­i­lal Puro­hit put across the Tamil Nadu State per­spec­tives on Prime Min­is­ter’s dream of New In­dia 2022 while in­ter­ven­ing in the open­ing ses­sion of the con­fer­ence on Thurs­day.

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. By es­tab­lish­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels with Univer­sity Chan­cel­lors and Vice-Chan­cel­lors, aca­demi­cians, so­cial work­ers and other thought­ful and en­light­ened ci­ti­zens in the States, Gov­er­nors could help raise the qual­ity of dis­cus­sion and de­bate and pro­vide an im­pe­tus to so­ci­ety and the State Govern­ment, he said.

Kovind also ex­pressed the hope that the con­fer­ence could help the Union Govern­ment and States work to­gether in the in­ter­ests of all ci­ti­zens, es­pe­cially young peo­ple.

The dream of a de­vel­oped In­dia will be re­alised, he said, only when ev­ery state de­vel­ops.

(PTI)

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 on Thurs­day.

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