Patna: President Pratibha Patil on Tuesday said
that the federal structure of the country as envisaged under
the constitution adopted in 1950 has served its purpose
and fulfilled the aspirations of the people as desired by the
founders of our constitution.
The constitution adopted by our country in 1950 has a
multi-tiered structure comprising the Centre, states and local
bodies as the founding fathers knew that a country as diverse
and big as India needed a federal framework to compliment each
other, she said in her address at the inaugural function of
the legislative council`s centenary celebrations here.
This federal system has been successful in fulfilling
various aspirations of the people, Patil said, adding we
must take pride about the fact that the roots of the democracy
in India runs deep.
There has been 15 general elections since adoption of
the constitution in 1950 and assembly polls were taking place
in the states at regular intervals, the President said, adding
the elected representatives must discharge their duties
towards the electorate in a very responsible manner.
The elected representatives in the parliament and the
state legislatures must rise above partisan politics for
framing policies and legislations that should be progressive
and helpful to the development, she said.
Referring to Bihar, Patil said that the state has been
a mother of democracy in the world as the seeds of democratic
systems were sowed in the ancient Lichchvi and the successive
generation of the legislators in the state have risen above
partisan politics to work for the development of the state.
The legislators should work together to conceive measures
for education, training and imparting values to the youths of
the state, she said.
The President called upon the legislators to play an
active role in strengthening the institutions of panchayati
raj at the grassroot level and complimented the state
government for giving 50 per cent reservation to the women the
local self-government bodies.