Governor Ram Naresh Yadav on Thursday expressed hope that the incidents of past year would serve as a lesson for both society and the government and there would be sustained efforts to ensure peace and harmony in the state.
His assertion comes against the backdrop of incidents of communal tension and other controversies during the past few months in the state.
Speaking to HT on occasion of New Year, the governor said that good policies cannot ensure progress of the state unless the societal attitude and intention of the implementers of the policies are right.
"I'm sure people, the government, administration and political parties would all take lessons from the past year and work to ensure atmosphere that is conducive to progress," Yadav said. He also said that media would also have to play an important role in this respective.
Obliquely referring to incidents of communal tensions, the governor said that there have been certain incidents during the bygone year that call for introspection related to societal attitude. Also, they underline need of better management of law and order situation and overall governance, he added.
Referring to the global investors' summit held last year October, the Yadav said that his best wishes were with such events and he hoped that they would bring fruitful results for the state by alleviating poverty and ringing in progress.
"Overall, I wish for peace, harmony and progress for the state during the new year," the governor said. Prominent personalities of the city and state met the governor to wish him on New Year. They included director general of police Surendra Sinh, Bhopal divisional commissioner SB Singh and additional director general of police Rishi Shukla.
Besides, vice-chancellor of Barkatullah University Murlidhar Tiwari, IAS officer JN Malpani, director of Babasaheb Ambedkar National Institute of Social Sciences, Mhow and MP Congress vice-president Manak Agrawal and poet Manzar Bhopali also met Yadav.