the Governors/Lt. Governors, the President said
that Demonetization, while immobilizing Black Money and fighting
Corruption, may lead to temporary slowdown of the Economy. We all will have to
be extra careful to alleviate the suffering of the poor which might become
unavoidable for the expected progress in the long term. The President said
while he appreciates the thrust on transition from entitlement approach to an
entrepreneurial one for poverty alleviation, he is not too sure that the poor
can wait that long. They need to get succour here and now, so that they can
also participate actively in the national march towards a future devoid of
hunger, unemployment and exploitation.
said this year, there will be elections in as many as seven states and the
dates for elections in five states have already been announced. The conduct of
free and fair elections has made our democracy one of the most vibrant in the
world. Elections reflect the attitudes, values and beliefs of the people
towards their political environment. They symbolize the sovereignty of the
people and provide legitimacy to the authority of the government. They also
serve the purpose of regulation of public Policies and mobilization of public
President said as we have all experienced, elections
are usually marked by competitive populism, electoral rhetoric and vote bank
politics. Governors and Lt. Governors through their interaction and wise
counsel can play an important role in easing the tensions in the society.
Goodwill must prevail between different communities.In a pluralistic democracy
like ours, tolerance, respect for contrary views and patience are a must. These
values have to be preserved. The multiplicity in culture, faith and language is
what makes India special. Governors/Lt. Governors can, through their calm
influence, inculcate amongst the citizens of their state this fundamental ethos
of our civilization.
The President said
the Governors/Lt. Governors have a very important role to play in the
improvement of higher education in their states. As chancellors and visitors of
various Universities, they can work with the academic leaders to effect
holistic changes for quality up-gradation in the institutions of higher
learning. Our interactions at the conferences at Rashtrapati Bhavan have
yielded several positives in areas like: faculty sourcing and development; ICT
for pedagogic refinement; research and Innovation; Industry-academia interface;
and alumni involvement. Their keen interest can rejuvenate a Sector that is
Best positioned to support an innovation-led knowledge economy.
The President said that Governors/Lt. Governors can have a major
role in promoting art and culture in their respective states. With art and
culture, we can experience life in its fullest and most meaningful form.