A day ahead of Independence Day, President Ramnath Kovind on Monday addressed the nation. In his speech, he stressed the importance of education and technology among masses. Lauding major decisions of the government including demonetization and implementation of GST, Kovind said the world today is looking at India with admiration.
Kovind remembers freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country from the clutches of British rule. “It was much more than that; it was the culmination of a dream for our country – a dream seen by forefathers and freedom fighters. We were free to imagine and build our nation a new,” said Kovind.
“We are indebted to those who laid down their lives for our independence”, said Kovind. “It is time that we must take inspiration from those who gave their lives for the nation and move forward. We should work with unity and purpose to ensure that the benefits of government policies reach all sections of society”, Kovind added.
“Govt launched the Swachh Bharat Campaign but keeping the country clean is our responsibility. The government is building toilets or helping build toilets – but it is for each of us to make India open-defecation free”, he said adding that “Government is campaigning for Beti Bachao movement but it is also our duty to empower women.”
“Government is implementing GST to eliminate multiple taxes and simplify transactions. But it is for each of us to make GST an essential part of our everyday transactions and business culture. It should be a matter of pride for all of us that the taxes we pay are used for nation building.” Kovind said about GST.
“Your wholehearted 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. Poverty and New India are simply not compatible”, Kovind added.
Talking about the importance of education, Kovind appeals people to try to educate as many children they can besides providing education to their own children.” Enrol and pay the school fees or buy the books of at least one child other than your own; just one!”, said Kovind.