Need to Strengthen Economic and Social Democracy: President of India

Ram Nath Kovind in a group photograph at the inauguration of the Economic Democracy Conclave, at Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini (RMP), Keshav Srushti, Uttan Village, Thane, in Maharashtra on January 14, 2018
Ram Nath Kovind in a group photograph at the inauguration of the Economic Democracy Conclave, at Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini (RMP), Keshav Srushti, Uttan Village, Thane, in Maharashtra on January 14, 2018

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the ‘Economic Democracy Conclave’ organised by Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini at Thane, Maharashtra, today (January 14, 2018).

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that it is very important for our country and society to strengthen economic democracy through entrepreneurship. He praised the Prabodhini team for its contribution to strengthening the political, economic and social dimensions of our democracy for the past 35 years.

The President said that political democracy cannot be strong in the absence of economic and social democracy. Improvement in the economic condition of deprived sections is imperative, he said.

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Many initiatives have been taken in our country with the aim of ‘Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas’ and ‘Sabka Samman, Sabka Utthan’. These have a singular goal of strengthening economic and social democracy. The idea behind these programmes is that if anyone has to really help someone, then he/she should be made financially self-reliant.

The President said that the promotion of an entrepreneurial culture in the country is not the sole responsibility of the Government. Family, educational institutions, private sector banks and entrepreneurs, NGOs, etc. all have the responsibility to create an environment where private enterprise is encouraged.

Together, he said, we should create a culture in which self-employment is not chosen just due to the compulsion of not getting a job. The idea of becoming ‘job-giver’ instead of ‘job-seeker’ should be embraced.

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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