New Delhi, Nov
23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked governors and lieutenant
governors to listen to the needs of the people and work towards uplift of the
underprivileged sections of the society, including minorities.
He made these
remarks at a conference of governors and lieutenant governors here.
He also made a
special mention of healthcare, education and tourism sectors where there were
new opportunities waiting to be harnessed for job generation and betterment of
the poor and downtrodden, a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office
Modi said as they
work to discharge their constitutional responsibilities, the governor and LGs
should listen to the needs of the common man.
minister urged the governors to work towards uplift of the underprivileged
sections of the population, including the scheduled tribes, minority
communities, women and the youth, which includes working with state governments
and utilising the existing schemes and initiatives,” the statement said.
He said that the
institution of governor has a special role to play in realising a cooperative
and competitive federal structure.
that 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.
celebrate 70 years of the framing of the Indian Constitution, governors and
state governments should also work towards highlighting the service aspects of
the Indian Constitution, in particular the duties and responsibilities of the
citizens. This will help to bring about participatory governance in the truest
sense,” he was quoted as saying.
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
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, the prime minister said.
He was of the
view that due to their administrative structure, Union territories can emerge
as a role model in terms of development.
minister expressed happiness that the latest edition of the conference would
see innovative detailed ‘break-out’ discussions in five sub-groups on specific
issues and challenges — 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 the participants.
At the 50th
annual governors’ conference, 17 first time governors and lieutenant governors,
including the Lt. Governors of the newly formed union territories of Jammu and
Kashmir and Ladakh, participated .
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Home Minister Amit
Shah and Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat were among those present
on the occasion.