New Delhi/ Bhubaneswar, Feb 20: The hallmark of a mature democracy is that once elected, the Government is meant to work for people, beyond the party line. It’s high time that we as a country have serious introspection on whether we are able to do the same, said Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Niti Aayog meets.
“Every crime is being politicised, every action of an elected government is being seen from a poll angle. This atmosphere is one of the biggest threats to the pace of development & peace. It’s high time the country gets out of this election mode and allows elected governments to function,” Odisha CM said.
Besides, Naveen stressed on women empowerment and said, “National parties had promised women’s reservation both in Lok Sabha and State Assemblies. History will not forgive us if we renege on this commitment. This calls for a serious deliberation and taking it forward.”
“If the country has to really move forward, regions which are neglected and populations that are vulnerable have to be taken along. Committed and targeted action is needed. NITI Aayog has a major role to play. Arras like malnutrition, connectivity and sex ratio imbalances need focus,” Naveen said.
“NITI Aayog should develop into a repository of innovations drawn from the country and across the world and help replicate it. Futuristic technologies, new world economy, solutions for climate change, inclusive governance models are some areas that can be focused on,” Naveen stressed.
“Unified response and inclusive approach should be adopted for all major challenges facing the country in the true spirit of cooperative federalism,” Odisha CM said.
“Lakhs of our young people appear for national level exams every year – the UPSC exam, NEET, JEE etc. A critical look is needed to re-evaluate the examination pattern for these prestigious and highly sought-after exams. hould not we have exams that focus on equality & attracting merit as opposed to exam patterns that are heavily dependent on highly paid coaching classes. This will truly eliminate merit in the long run & deny justice to lakhs of our children who live in rural areas,” Naveen added.