President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil
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Speaking at the Annual Day celebration of Mission
Convergence yesterday, President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil said the onus of delivering the benefits
of various welfare schemes to the people lies with the Government.
She said the citizen was often lost in the maze of various
departments and multiple agencies and ministries, so, it was
important that procedures be streamlined and all benefits, as far as
possible be made available at one point.
''In other words, the onus is on the Government to coordinate its
functioning within, bring relief and welfare benefits to one window
and making it the delivery point for benefits under all schemes,''
said Mrs Patil speaking at the Annual Day celebration of Mission
'' Welfare schemes, in essence, create a right for individuals
belonging to target groups. Delivering their right to them is our
duty and lack to deliver is our failure,'' she said.
Stating that India had the necessary pre-requisites for becoming
one of the leading nations in the world, she emphasised the need of
empowering its people, but sought to underline that ''this
empowerment, however, has to be inclusive and should take in its
embrace all sections of society particularly the weaker and the
There are Central and State Government schemes for education,
health, employment as well as for the poorer and disadvantaged
sections of society, for the girl child, women, the elderly and the
differently abled, which would greatly help in the empowerment of
the people, she added.
Noting shortcomings of the delivery mechanisms and also the lack
of awareness among the people about programmes and schemes slowing
down their implementation, she said that a number of steps had been
initiated to address the situation cited the Central Government step
to set up a National level Delivery Monitoring Unit in the Prime
Minister's Office for flagship programmes.
to the Nation
Meanwhile, in her address to the nation on the eve of Independence
Day, the President
urged the nation to be
prepared to face any situation arising out of poor monsoon and asked
fellow citizens to cooperate with the Government in handling the
swine flu pandemic.
“This year the monsoon has been less than normal
impacting agriculture and availability of water. We have to be
prepared to face the situation. The Government is taking all
possible steps to deal with it,” Patil said in her address to the
nation on the eve of Independence Day.
Following reports of 23 deaths in the country due to
the deadly H1N1 virus, Patil said that the Government is taking all
necessary measures to tackle the virus, and every citizen would have
to join hands with the Government to eradicate the deadly disease.
“It is also taking necessary measures to handle the
H1N1 influenza. Citizens have to come forward to contribute to
Government's efforts in these areas and in other development
initiatives through public-private partnerships, NGOs, community
groups or Self Help Groups,” she added.
Patil further said that every citizen in the country
must be aware of his civic and social responsibilities, so, he
should be able to decide on what is good for the individual and what
might be harmful to the society.
“An enlightened citizenry conscious of its civic
duties and social responsibilities, maintaining discipline,
following good habits particularly about hygiene and cleanliness,
respectful towards nature''s bounty and sensitive to environmental
concerns is the greatest asset of a nation,” Patil said.