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Highlights of President's Independence Day-eve address

Here are the highlights of President Pratibha Patil's Independence Day-eve address to the nation.

delhi Updated: Aug 14, 2009 21:33 IST

The following are the highlights of President Pratibha Patil's Independence Day-eve address to the nation:

* Democracy, inclusive economic development, social empowerment and the value system based on our heritage are the building blocks of our nationhood.

* The voice of every citizen is important and the principle of inclusiveness is integral to democracy.

* Each elected MP has an obligation to work for the welfare of the people and the progress of the nation.

* Need to have an effective governance system which is more transparent and accountable.

* Implementation of the flagship programs of the government will have to be at optimal levels for an impact to be made on the lives of the people.

* Administrators must be responsive to the needs of the people.

* Government is taking all possible steps to deal with less than normal monsoon situation this year.

* H1N1 influenza situation is being tackled by the government.

* Citizens need to join hands with the government in nation building and development initiatives.

* Even in the face of a global slowdown we must continue for our economic growth.

* Focus should be on strengthening our academic institutions and research facilities to achieve excellence.

* Weaker and the vulnerable sections need to be provided with the tools of empowerment - access to education, health and skill-building.

* Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill is a landmark legislation for achieving our goal of universal education.

* India should build its destiny on a culture of peace and harmony. There should be harmony between good traditions and progress.

* Terrorism must be defeated in the interest of the collective goal of humankind to build peaceful societies and a peaceful world.

* Communal harmony holds the key to progress.