TRUST CITIZENS MORE: Prez to state Governments

PM asks Governors to be catalytic agents of change in society


NEW DELHI, Oct 12: President Ram Nath Kovind today stressed the need to trust citizens more and cited the example of self-attestation of documents required in government works like issuance of passports.
He was addressing a two-day conference of governors and lt governors of states and union territories here.
"He... stressed trusting citizens more and gave the examples of self-attestation of documents by individuals and the easier mechanism for obtaining a passport," a statement issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan quoted the president as saying.
Kovind urged the replication of these ideas at the level of states, since much of a citizen's interaction with government agencies is at the level of states, it said.
The central government has been emphasising promotion of self-attestation of documents that may be required for government works. It has also written to state governments to promote self-attestation in place of the existing norms of getting credentials certified by a gazetted-officer or notarised affidavit.
The conference, that began today, was attended by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi among others.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said Governors can become catalytic agents for change in the society while upholding the sanctity of the Constitution.
Addressing a conference of Governors at Rashtrapati Bhawan here, he mentioned the target of 'New India' by 2022 and emphasized that this can be achieved only by making it a people's movement, a PMO statement said.
He also said that the Governors can "motivate" banks to give loans under Mudra scheme to tribals, dalits and women, especially in the period between Constitution Day on November 26 and Ambedkar Mahaparinirvana Diwas on December 6.
He encouraged them to interact at length with students and teachers in this regard, the statement said.
Giving the example of the recent Hackathon conducted by the Union government where students had proposed technology solutions to several problems, the prime minister said universities should be centres of innovation.
In the same vein, he said youth in every state must focus on one sport, the statement said.
Modi also encouraged the Governors to lead by example on the cause of cleanliness, it added.
He said Mahatma Gandhi, whose 150th birth anniversary will be celebrated in 2019, is a source of inspiration, "as we work towards an Open Defecation Free India."
The prime minister said that festivals and anniversaries can be great motivators and energizers in the quest for change, the statement said.
He also encouraged Lt. Governors of Union Territories to share the best practices being adopted by them in areas such as solar energy, Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of subsidies, and making Union Territories kerosene-free.
He said these achievements must be extended across all Union Territories speedily, the statement said.

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