New Delhi, Nov 23 : President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said Governors have a "very important role" in the constitutional system and could give proper guidance to improve the lives of these people, which have remained behind in terms of development.
In his opening address at a conference here, the President making an emphatic reference to the welfare of tribals, stated that "development and empowerment of tribals is linked to inclusive growth as well as to our internal security."
Governors could give all the proper guidance by using the constitutional powers given to them, to improve the lives of these people, which have remained relatively behind in terms of development. The two-day Conference of Governors and Lt Governors commenced at Rashtrapati Bhavan with the inaugural address of the President, the third conference presided over by Mr Kovind.
He said "today, the Governors’ role becomes even more important when we are emphasising on Cooperative Federalism and healthy Competitive Federalism in the interest of progress of the country." All Governors had abundant experience of public life. The people of the country should get maximum benefit of this experience. "Ultimately, we all work for the public and we are also answerable to them," he said and emphasised that the role of the Governor was not limited to the protection and preservation of the Constitution. They also had a constitutional commitment to remain persistent in the service and welfare of the people of their states.
Speaking about agenda items of this year’s conference, Mr Kovind said preparation for the conference had been done in accordance with the new work culture of New India so as to make the conference more useful and goal-oriented. Five subjects of national importance were chosen after discussion with senior governors, he said.
Referring to optimal use and conservation of water resources as one of the "highest priorities" of the country, he urged to make the Jal Shakti Abhiyan a mass movement like the Swachh Bharat Mission. "The goal of the new education policy is to make India a 'knowledge super power'. In order to materialise this ambition, all our institutions of higher education should make every effort to promote research and
innovation. Governors, as Chancellor, also perform the responsibility of guardianship. Therefore, they are expected to give proper guidance to the future generations in their efforts to acquire skills and knowledge," he further said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union Minister for Home Affairs also addressed the inaugural session. Subsequently, sub-group of governors would deliberate on agenda items which include tribal issues; reforms in agriculture; Jal Jeevan Mission; new education policy for higher education; and governance for 'Ease of Living'.
Apart from Governors/Lt Governors, these breakaway sessions will be attended by Union Ministers and officials of the Ministries concerned, an official statement said. (UNI)