Mumbai: Referring to recent changes made by Narendra Modi government, President Ramnath Kovind said that the changes will help the people of J&K and Ladakh will get the same kind of benefits.
“I am confident that the recent changes made in Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh would be of immense benefit to those regions. They will enable the people to access and enjoy the same rights, the same privileges, and the same facilities as their fellow citizens in the rest of the country,” said President Kovind.
Earlier, in the month Indian government scrapped Article 370 which provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
“These include progressive, egalitarian laws and provisions related to the Right to Education; accessing public information through the Right to Information reservations in education and employment and other facilities for traditionally deprived communities and justice for our daughters by abolishing unequal practices such as instant triple talaq,” he further said.
“Happy to note that the recently concluded session of Parliament saw lengthy and productive sittings of both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. Many important Bills were passed in a spirit of cross-party co-operation and constructive debate. I am confident this is only an indicator of what the coming five years have in store,” he said.
He went on saying, “Nation-building – a continuous process, of which Independence was a key milestone – requires every institution and every stakeholder to work in tandem, to work in harmony and to work in togetherness. Nation-building is about creating that optimal partnership between voters and their representatives, between citizens and their government, and between civil society and state.”
President Kovind said that the government could “increase the physical infrastructure as housing for the poorest of the poor, and the availability of energy, toilets, and water in every household. The government can build institutional infrastructure to overcome the contradiction of floods and disasters in some parts of the country and water scarcity in other parts. “
“The government can build connectivity infrastructure in the form of wider, better highways and safer, faster trains; Airports and ports in the interiors of our country that dot our shores. And near-universal data access that allows ordinary citizens to benefit from Digital India,” he said.
“We complete 72 years as a free nation at a very special juncture. In a few weeks from now, on 2nd October, we will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of our Nation Mahatma Gandhi, the guiding light of our successful effort to liberate our nation,” said President Kovind.
Meanwhile, security personnel has been deployed on the border of Kutch. India will witness 72nd Independence day celebration all over the country will be in its peak.