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Governors play role of bridge between Centre & states: President Kovind

13 Octobre 2017

The President pointed out that 69 per cent of the universities in the country fall under the purview of state governments and 94 per cent of all college and university students study in these institutions, a statement said.

Opening the 48th Conference of Governors at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President said that "in the context of cooperative federalism, the Constitutional obligation of Governors in preservation, conservation and defence of the Constitution" and "being in the service and ensuring welfare of people" becomes even more important. Given the magnitude of this task, it is necessary that the entire country works unitedly and is on the same page.

The President had said that Governors can provide a new dimension to the development of their states by communicating with legislators and deliberating on subjects related to public well-being.

The Administrators of the UTs of Dadra and Nagar Haveli & Daman and Diu as well as of Lakshadweep are also participating in the Conference as special invitees. "The five years from 2017 to 2022 are devoted to the creation of New India - free of corruption, poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition and unhygienic conditions", Kovind said.

He said the conference is a platform for the Governors and Lt. Governors to discuss important issues and share their experiences.

The President said technology can propel us to reach even hard and long-term goals, and help ensure access to quality public services for all citizens.

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"India will emerge as a developed nation only when every state develops", a government release quoted Kovind as saying.

He mentioned the target of "New India" by 2022 and emphasized that this can be achieved only by making it a people's movement.

Speaking at the same conference, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said governors should act as catalysts and facilitators in the process of change.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India does not lack in ideas, resources and capabilities but certain states and regions have lagged behind due to a "governance deficit".

The Prime Minister thanked the Governors for the various inputs given during the course of the Conference.

In the third session on Friday, the Governors will make brief remarks on special issues pertaining to their respective states/Union territories.

Governors play role of bridge between Centre & states: President Kovind