President praises GST, demonetisation; lays emphasis on resolve for a New India
New Delhi: President of India Ram Nath Kovind today said that India will complete 75 years of Independence in the year 2022 and it is our national resolve to attain certain desired milestones for a New India by then.
The President also reminded the nation about the illustrious leaders and the diverse generation that brought freedom to the country. They were men and women who represented all parts of the country and a variety of political and social thought.
The President was addressing the Nation on the eve of India’s 71st Independence Day. From the earliest days of our freedom struggle, we were blessed with a galaxy of revolutionary leaders who guided our country, he said underscoring Mahatma Gandhi’s emphasis on the moral character of India and of the Indian society. Gandhiji spoke of not just political freedom but also principles that are relevant even today.
They spoke of not just political freedom. Mahatma Gandhi emphasised the moral character of India and of Indian society. The principles that Gandhiji spoke about are relevant even today.
The President said:
“Gandhiji was not alone in this nationwide struggle for freedom and reform. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose exhorted our people, saying: “Give me blood and I will give you freedom”. At his word, millions of Indians joined the freedom movement under his leadership and gave their all.
Nehruji emphasised that India’s age-old heritage and traditions – so dear to us – could co-exist with technology and a quest to modernise our society.
Sardar Patel instilled in us the importance of national unity and integrity. And of a disciplined national character.
Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar urged upon us the virtues of constitutional governance, of the rule of law – and of the vital need for education.
The government is implementing GST to eliminate multiple taxes and simplify transactions – but it is for each of us to make this an essential part of our everyday transactions and business culture. I am happy that the transition to the GST system has been smooth.
Demonetisation has boosted our efforts to build an honest society. We must sustain this spirit and this momentum.”
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