New Delhi: Emphasising on reforms in global
bodies to deal with contemporary realities, President Pratibha Patil on Tuesday pressed for making India a permanent member of the
United Nations Security Council.
"India has all the credentials for its legitimate
aspiration to become a permanent member of the UN Security
Council," Patil said.
She underlined the need for taking up reforms in
international bodies, "so that they reflect contemporary
realities and become more credible and effective".
The President was speaking after receiving credentials
from eleven envoys from different countries including France,
Belarus and Hungary.
Welcoming the envoys, the President said that India is
working for greater growth to meet the aspirations of its
people and is committed to inclusive growth.
Announcing that the government will spend over USD one
trillion on building the country`s infrastructure to fulfill
the aspirations of the people, she said it is expanding social
infrastructure particularly in education, skill building and
health, as well as putting in place extensive physical
infrastructure over the next five years.
"India also seeks to enlarge economic engagement with
other countries for peace, progress and development," Patil
said adding that "a growing India will expand opportunities
for the global economy as well".