Our soldiers displaying extra degree of selflessness: President

New Delhi, Aug 14: President Ram Nath Kovind today said it is time the citizens take inspiration from those who gave their lives for the nation and move forward.
Addressing the nation on the eve of 71st Independence Day, he said the country is indebted to those who laid down their lives for our independence.
The government can make, implement and strengthen laws but it is everyone’s duty to abide by them, the president said.
Highlighting the government’s efforts for a clean India under the flagship Swachch Bharat campaign, he said it is the “duty of each one of us to keep the nation clean”. Congratulating the nation on the eve of Independence Day, President Kovind called on the countrymen to pay special attention to the differently-abled.
The president also stressed on eradicating poverty from the country and said there is no place for poverty in ‘New India’.
He also expressed happiness that the people of the country have accepted the landmark economic reform GST and said it will usher in economic prosperity and well-being to the people. It is the “responsibility of each one of us to promote a sense of pride in paying taxes,” he said.
Encouraging the countrymen to help build a ‘New India’, the President said, “It is our national pledge to achieve important goals to make a ‘New India’.
“New India must include the integral humanist component which is in our DNA, and which has defined our country and our civilization, and for this, we owe so much to the countless freedom fighters who made great sacrifices to bring us here,” President Kovind said.
“New India’s objective is that we move forward from where we are today,” he added.
Acknowledging the hardships faced by the security forces in the line of duty, the president said, “Our soldiers who guard our borders are not just doing their duty; they are displaying an extra degree of selflessness.”
He also urged the fellow citizens to help educate the less-privileged children in the society. “Enrol and pay the school fees or buy the books of at least one child other than your own; just one,” he said.
Referring to sports, he said the Tokyo Olympics of 2020 offer “another opportunity to raise our standing in the world’s eyes”.
Pointing at the people’s participation in various levels to help build a ‘New India’, he said, “On PM’s appeal, more than one crore families voluntarily gave up LPG subsidy so that a gas cylinder could reach the kitchen of a poorer family.”
However, terming the realisation of a ‘New India’, where every Indian would be equipped to fulfil his or her potential, as a national resolve, Kovind expressed confidence that a strong partnership between citizens and the government would help meet the cherished goal.
The President called to renew the sense of caring and sharing to help form a gentler and happier society while emphasising the need to work with unity and purpose to ensure that the benefits of government policies reach all sections of society.
Expressing confidence that a strong partnership between citizens and the government would help meet the goals of New India, the President lauded the immense patience and understanding shown by the people in the days following demonetisation of high-value currency notes.
”Your immense patience and understanding in the days following demonetisation and your whole-hearted support in the battle against corruption and black money reflected a responsible and enlightened society. Demonetisation has boosted our efforts to build an honest society. We must sustain this spirit and this momentum,” he said.
Expressing happiness that the transition to the Goods and Service Tax system had been smooth, the President said that it should be a matter of pride for the entire country that the taxes citizens pay are used for nation building to help the poor and the marginalised, to build rural and urban infrastructure, and to strengthen the border defences of the motherland.
Kovind said, ”In the year 2022, our country will complete 75 years of Independence. It is our national resolve to attain certain desired milestones for a New India by then. When we speak of a New India, what do we mean? There are some obvious parameters like a house for every family, power on demand, better roads and telecom, a modern railway network, rapid and sustained growth.”
And yet there is more. New India must include that integral humanist component that is in our DNA, and which has defined our country and our civilisation.
”The President described ‘New India’ as a society not just rushing towards the future, but also a compassionate community, where the traditionally disadvantaged were part of the national developmental process; where populations in frontier areas and states were embraced as brothers and sisters; where the deprived child, the aged and the ailing senior citizen, and the poor and the under-privileged were always thought of ; where special care was taken to ensure that divyanga (disabled) get equal opportunities in all walks of life and where there was no discrimination on gender or religious background .”It is only with all this that we will build the New India we can cherish where every Indian is equipped to fulfil his or her potential and do so in a manner that leaves each one of us content and happy. And helps each of us contribute to society and our country.
”The President said that the nation owed its independence from British rule to the countless freedom fighters including Mahatma Gandhi, Subhash Chandra Bose, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Babsaheb Ambedkar, Rani Lakshmibai, Matangni Hazra, Sardar Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqullah Khan and Birsa Munda.
Calling on the people to draw inspiration from such brave freedom fighters, the President stressed the need to invoke the same spirit today in the task of nation building. (With UNI Inputs)