New Delhi: On the eve of demitting her office, President Pratibha Patil on Tuesday highlighted the scourge of corruption saying it is the enemy of good governance and asked government and people to collectively fight it.
"Corruption is the enemy of development, and of good governance. It must be got rid of. Both the Government and the people at large must come together to achieve this national objective," Patil said in her farewell address to the nation.
The President also spoke about the coalition era. She said elections are now bringing in Governments that are mostly coalitions and legislatures composed of many parties.
"There are regional aspirations as well. Expectations are rising and the people are seeking quicker responses to their problems. It is in these settings that promises are to be met, duties to be performed, and results to be delivered," she said.
She said the essence of democracy should also be internalised so that it is reflected in our patterns of behaviour.
"Negative attitudes spread cynicism and despair, which is not in the interest of our country," Patil said.
The President asked people to refrain from being dismissive, insensitive to the needs of others and callous about what is happening around them.
"Stability and success of democracy in India, rests on social harmony, responsible behaviour, positive attitude and commitment to values. The Constitution of our country must be fully respected," the President said.