President Ram Nath Kovind made his maiden speech on the eve of 71st Independence Day of India in which he made statement in favour of citizen-government partnership to create a ‘New India’ by 2022.

He said that such India would be a ‘compassionate society’ and would include ‘humanist component integral to the nation’s DNA’.

President reminisced about the roles of the leaders of Independence struggle including ‘Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru’. He said that the generation that brought us to freedom was diverse and included men and women from all parts of the country with a variety of “political and social thought”.

He added that the spirit for nation building could get inspiration from our freedom fighters.

“The stress on the moral basis of policy and action, belief in unity and discipline, faith in a synthesis of heritage and science, and promotion of the rule of law and of education — all of it is located in a partnership between citizen and government,” he said.

He stressed that partnership between citizens with government remains crucial to the success of several flagship announcements of the Narendra Modi government — like voluntarily giving up LPG subsidy, demonetisation, introduction of GST besides schemes like ‘Beti bacaho beti padhao’, ‘Swachh Bharat’ among others.

The President urged people to help at least one child other than their own get educated by enrolling in school, paying their fees and buying them books.

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