New Delhi, Nov 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday noted that the institution of Governor has a special role to play in realising a cooperative and competitive federal structure.
Addressing the inaugural session of the 50th annual Conference of Governors, which began at Rashtrapati Bhawan here, Mr Modi requested the Governors and Lt Governors, as they worked to discharge their constitutional responsibilities, to listen to the needs of the common man.
He urged the Governors to work towards upliftment of the underprivileged sections of the population, including the scheduled tribes, minority communities, women and the youth, which included working with state governments and utilising existing schemes and initiatives.
"As India celebrates the 75th anniversary of its independence in 2022 and the 100th anniversary in 2047, the role of the Governor in bringing the administrative machinery closer to the people of the country and showing them the correct path becomes even more important," he said.
With the country celebrating 70 years of the framing of the Indian Constitution, Mr Modi asked Governors and state governments to also work towards highlighting the service aspects of the Indian Constitution, in particular the duties and responsibilities of the citizens so as to help to bring about participatory governance in the truest sense.
Seventeen first-time Governors and Lt. Governors, including the Lt. Governors of the newly-formed union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, are attending the two-day conference. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Home Minister Amit Shah and Jal Shakti Minister were among those present.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister while noting the long history of the Conference beginning from 1949 when the first conference was organised, highlighted the present 50th edition of the Conference as a unique occasion to evaluate the achievements and outcomes of the past conferences as well as to chart out a road-map for its future direction.
The conference provided an opportunity for Governors and Lt Governors to exchange views and learn from each other’s experiences as well as to adopt international best practices best suited to each state and union territory’s distinct and diverse needs and requirements.
"Due to their administrative structure, Union territories can emerge as a role model in terms of development," he added.
As the country celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Governors and Lt Governors could utilise the occasion to project the abiding relevance of Gandhian thoughts and values, an important bedrock of the Indian Constitution. "In their roles as Chancellors of universities, Governors could help inculcate the values of nation building among our youth and help to inspire them towards greater achievements," he suggested.
The Prime Minister also made a special mention of health-care, education and tourism sectors where there were new opportunities waiting to be harnessed for job generation and betterment of the poor and down-trodden. He pointed out that Governor’s office could also be used for specific objectives like spreading awareness about tuberculosis and making India free of this disease by 2025.
Mr Modi expressed happiness that this edition of the conference would see innovative detailed ‘break-out’ discussions in five sub-groups on specific issues and challenges namely tribal issues, reforms in agriculture, Jal Jeevan Mission, New Education Policy and Governance for ‘Ease of Living’; whose reports will then be discussed in the larger format by all participating Governors and Lt Governors, an official statement here said.(UNI)