New Delhi: The two-day Conference of Governors and Lt. Governors commenced today at Rashtrapati Bhavan with the inaugural address of President Ram Nath Kovind. This is the 50th such Conference held in Rashtrapati Bhavan and the third Conference presided over by Kovind.
In his opening address, the President said that Governors have a very important role in the Constitutional system. In an emphatic reference to the welfare of tribals, he said that development and empowerment of tribals is linked to inclusive growth as well as to our internal security.
Governors can give proper guidance by exercising the Constitutional powers given to them, to improve the lives of these people, which have remained relatively behind in terms of development, he said.
Kovind said that today the Governors’ role becomes even more important when we are emphasizing on cooperative federalism and healthy competitive federalism in the interest of progress of the country.
He said that all Governors have abundant experience in public life. The people of the country should get the maximum benefit of this experience. Ultimately, we all work for the public and we are also answerable to them.
Kovind emphasised that the role of the Governor is not limited to the protection and preservation of the Constitution. They also have a constitutional commitment to remain persistent in the service and welfare of the people of their states.
Speaking about items on the agenda for this year’s conference, the President said that preparation for this conference has 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.
Kovind said that optimal use and conservation of water resources is one of the highest priorities of our country, and we should make the Jal Shakti Abhiyan a mass movement like the Swachh Bharat Mission.
Kovind said that the goal of our new education policy is to make India a ‘knowledge superpower’. In order to materialize this ambition, all our institutions of higher education should make every effort to promote research and innovation.
Governors, as Chancellors, also undertake the responsibility of guardianship. Therefore they are expected to give proper guidance to future generations in their efforts to acquire skills and knowledge.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union Minister for Home Affairs Amir Shah also addressed the inaugural session.
Subsequently, a subgroup of governors will 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 and Lt. Governors, these breakaway sessions will be attended by Union Ministers and officials of concerned Ministries.
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