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President Kovind welcomes spirit of cooperation witnessed in recent Parliament session

President Kovind welcomes spirit of cooperation witnessed in recent Parliament session

New Delhi, Aug 14 (UNI) President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday said passage of key

Bills in the recently-concluded session of Parliament is only an indicator of what the coming five years have in store and urged that this spirit of cooperation permeate all state legislative assemblies as well.

In an address to the nation on the eve of the 73rd Independence Day, the President said, 'I am 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 cooperation and constructive debate. I am confident this is only an indicator of what the coming five years have in store.'

He also urged that this culture percolates to all the state legislative assemblies. 'Why is this important? It is

important not merely because the elected must be equal to the trust placed in them by their electors. It is also important because nation building – a continuous process, of which Independence was a key

milestone – requires every institution and every stakeholder to work in tandem, harmony and togetherness.'

The President said nation building, at the end of the day, is about the creation of that optimal partnership between voters and their representatives, between citizens and their government, and between civil society and state.

'The state and the government have an important role here, as a facilitator and an enabler. As such, it is critical for our key institutions and the policy makers to study and appreciate the message being sent by citizens and to be responsive to the thoughts and wishes of our people,' he said.

The President said dreams of the country at present are for accelerated development for effective and transparent governance.

'As the President of India, it is my privilege to travel all over our country, to our diverse states and regions, and meet fellow Indians from all walks of life. Indians can be very different in their tastes and habits, but Indians share the same dreams.

'Before 1947, the dreams were for a free India. Today, the dreams are for accelerated development; for effective and transparent governance; and yet for a smaller footprint of government in our everyday lives.'

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