While addressing the sixth governing council meeting of the Niti Aayog, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik talked about the current high political polarisation in India and the kind of atmosphere is creating by this is one of the biggest intimidations to the movement of development and peace.
CM Patnaik stated that this is high time the country got out of this election mode and allowed elected governments to operate. He says that elections are very important for the characteristic of democracy but the trademark of a mature democracy is that once elected, the government is meant to work for people, beyond the party line. And It is high time that we as a country have serious contemplation on whether we can do the same.
CM Patnaik also talked about the promises made by the national parties on the passing of the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies and stated that if these promises are not met then history will not forgive us if we break this commitment.
He also stated that a satirical look is necessitated to re-evaluate the pattern of UPSC, NEET, and JEE national level examinations in which lakhs of young people appear every year. He asked, “Should we not have examinations that focus on equality and attracting merit as opposed to examination patterns that are heavily dependent on highly paid coaching classes.”
He further informed that the comprehensive examination pattern will drop benefit in the long run and withhold justice to lakhs of children who live in rural areas and lack physical and economic access to coaching classes.
At last CM Patnaik acknowledged the united response bestowed by the country against Covid-19 which was a provocation for the world and stated that Indian showed a unified response, the European states, and the United States could not put up a centralized front. The same unified response and general approach should be accommodated for all significant challenges facing the country in the true spirit of cooperative federalism.
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