Bhubaneswar, Feb 20: The hallmark of a mature democracy is that once elected, Governments are meant to work for people, beyond party line. It’s high time that we as a country have serious introspection on whether we are able to do the same.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik stated this while addressing the Governing Body Council meeting of the NITI Aayog today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers, Chief Ministers of all States and Lieutenant Governors of Union Territories attended the meeting.
He lamented saying that every crime is being politicised and every action of an elected Government is being seen from a political angle.
“This kind of an atmosphere is one of the biggest threats to the pace of development and peace in the country. It is high time the country gets out of this election mode and allows elected Governments to function,” he contended.
Commenting on the reservation for women, he 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.”
He said 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 for that. NITI Aayog has a major role to play in this.
He emphasised on re-evaluation of examination patterns of the UPSC exam, NEET, JEE etc. “Should not we have exams that focus on equality and attracting merit as opposed to exam patterns that are heavily dependent on highly paid coaching classes,” Patnaik wanted to know, adding, “This will truly eliminate merit in the long run and deny justice to lakhs of our children who live in rural areas and don’t have physical or economic access to coaching classes. NITI Aayog should look into this very serious issue or else in a few years’ there will be serious distortions.”
Stating that Covid-19 was a challenge for the world and India showed with its unified response what is possible, the Chief Minister said the same unified response and inclusive approach should be adopted for all major challenges facing the country in the true spirit of cooperative federalism.