New Delhi, Jan 25 : Pitching for electoral reforms with the proposal of simultaneous elections to Parliament and Assemblies President Pranab Mukherjee has asked Election Commission to carry forward the idea of simultaneous polls in consultation with political parties. He was addressing to the nation on the eve of 68th Republic day.
Underlining the spirit of India President Mukherjee asserted that the country's strength lies in is pluralism and diversity and that India has traditionally celebrated the argumentative" Indian; not the "intolerant" Indian.
He further added that the depth and breadth of Indian democracy sparkles in the regular elections being held in panchayati raj institutions.
Expressing his concern over the continuous non- functioning of Parliament and State Assemblies Mukherjee said that strengths of India lies in democracy. "We have a noisy democracy. Yet, we need more and not less of democracy," he said. Calling demonetisation a temporary" slowdown in economy President Pranab Mukherjee said that the decision would bring more transparency in the system.
Commenting on economic front President Mukherjee assested that India has became the fastest growing amongst the major economies of the world where per capita income has shown a ten-fold increase, poverty ratio has declined by two-thirds, average life expectancy has more than doubled, and literacy rate has shown a four-fold increase.
Giving emphasis on the importance of education President Mukherjee said that Education will have to keep pace with technology for more and more job creations. He further added that so inclusive innovation should become a way of life. He advised existing education system to join hands with innovation to prepare youth for life-long learning.
During his address he appreciated various flagship initiatives like Clean India initiative, MGNREGA, Digital India, Start-up India, National Skill Development mission designed by government for the well-being of society.
On the eve of the sixty-eighth Republic Day President Mukherjee extend his warm greetings to the Armed Forces, Para-military Forces and Internal Security Forces.
He also paid his tributes to the brave soldiers and security personnel who made the supreme sacrifice of their lives in defending India’s territorial integrity and maintaining law and order.