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President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged the Governors to be more proactive to the development and well being of public. 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, Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers, President 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 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.
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.
In his speech, Prime Minister said Governors can become catalytic agents for change in the society while upholding the sanctity of the Constitution. 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.
Modi 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.
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.
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