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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed concern over politicization of every crime and every action of an elected government is seen from a political angle.

CM said “It’s high time the country gets out of this election mode and allows elected Governments to function. National parties had promised women’s reservation both in Lok Sabha and State Assemblies. History will not forgive us if we renege on this commitment.

He urged that this calls for a serious deliberation and taking it forward

Speaking in NITI Aayog Meeting, Chief Minister said that elections are an essential feature of democracy. However, the Hallmark of a mature democracy is that once elected, Governments are meant to work for people, beyond party line.

He said “It’s high time that we as a country have serious introspection on whether we are able to do the same. Every crime is being politicized; every action of an elected Government is being seen from a political angle. This kind of an atmosphere is one of the biggest threats to the pace of development and peace in the country”.

CM said “If the country has to really move forward, regions which are neglected and populations that are vulnerable have to be taken along. Committed and targeted action is needed for that. NITI Aayog has a major role to play in this”.

Chief Minister said that specific sections that need focus like malnutrition, connectivity, sex ratio imbalances etc. Lakhs of our young people appear for national level exams every year – the UPSC exam, NEET, JEE etc”.

He urged that a critical look is needed to re-evaluate the examination pattern for these prestigious and highly sought-after exams.

“Should not we have exams that focus on equality and attracting merit as opposed to exam patterns that are heavily dependent on highly paid coaching classes”, pointed out CM.

 He said that this will truly eliminate merit in the long run and deny justice to lakhs of our children who live in rural areas and don’t have physical or economic access to coaching classes.

Chief Minister Mr.Patnaik urged that the  NITI Aayog should look into this very serious issue or else in a few years’ there will be serious distortions. NITI Aayog should develop into a repository of innovations drawn from the country and across the world and help replicate it, said he.

Dealing on futuristic technologies, he urged that the new world economy, solutions for climate change, inclusive governance models are some areas that can be focused on.

 Many critical issues are being raised in the NITI Aayog deliberations and excellent suggestions are also being made. It would be appropriate for NITI Aayog to share an action taken report to everyone concerned, said CM.

 A number of proposals of different States relating to inclusion of tribal communities in the ST list have been pending from 1978 onwards, pointed out CM.

Many of them are subsets on phonetic variations of the names of existing ST communities. It is unjust to keep these pending for years without a decision.

Covid-19 was a challenge for the world and India showed with its unified response what is possible. European countries and the United States could not put up an unified front. The same unified response and inclusive approach should be adopted for all major challenges facing the country in the true spirit of cooperative federalism.

 History will remember us on what our response has been on critical issues affecting our people and the country, raising above political considerations, said CM.

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