New Delhi, Feb 22 : Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday said a few people are involved in a conspiracy to create fake fear through ‘Lyrics of Lies’ and ‘Jingles of Jugglery’.
Addressing the 10th annual national conclave of Indian Student Parliament at Vigyan Bhawan here, he said some people of the country were trying to hijack the communal harmony, secularism and Constitutional framework of the country to fulfill their narrow-minded political self-interests.
"Our constitutional federal system of governance is the guarantee of communal harmony and “Unity in Diversity” in the country," he added.
Referring to Article 105 of the Constitution which ensures powers and privileges of Parliament and assemblies, he also reminded that Article 51A talks about the fundamental duties of Indian citizens. Mr Naqvi further said it was absolutely necessary to defend fundamental rights relating to life, liberty, equality and freedom of expression. "There is a need that we, as citizens, which includes people’s representatives, take our duties towards the nation seriously. Entitlements come with duties as well. "The rights and fundamental duties of citizens are equally important. Rights and responsibilities are two sides of the same coin and both go together.
If we have rights, we also have some responsibilities attached to those rights. Wherever we are living, whether it is at home, society, village, state or country, rights and responsibilities go with us together," the minister said. Describing the "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas" as "Rashtradharma" of the Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he pointed out that villagers, poor, farmers, youth, women and weaker sections were at the centre of each and every welfare scheme of this Government.
Mr Naqvi also said that during the past five years, 2 crore houses had been constructed for the poor, electricity provided in every village of the country; 6 crore farmers had benefited through Fasal Bima Yojana; 22 crore, 30 lakh Soil Health Cards distributed and eight crore women from economically poorer sections had been provided free cooking gas connection.
Besides, more than eight lakh youth belonging to minority communities had been given employment and employment opportunities through various employment oriented schemes such as “Hunar Haat”, he added. About 10,000 students from 450 universities have been participating in this four-day 10th conclave of Indian Student Parliament. (UNI)