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President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Tuesday reminded the Centre and opposition that Parliament's successful functioning was their 'joint responsibility', cautioning them that public faith in democratic institutions could take a hit if disruptions continue. HT reports. Full text of President's speech
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Updated on Jan 26, 2011 12:37 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Tuesday reminded the Centre and opposition that Parliament's successful functioning was their 'joint responsibility', cautioning them that public faith in democratic institutions could take a hit if disruptions continue.

Patil's advice comes in the backdrop of political parties refusing to shift their positions, ensuring that the winter session was a washout.

In her address to the nation on the eve of Republic Day, Patil called for bringing the focus back on systemic changes to effectively deal with corruption - 'the enemy of development and good governance' - rather than getting lost in the mire and the need to come up with innovative approaches to check rising food prices.

Calling for a consensus on critical national goals, Patil asked both sides to ensure that Parliament should be seen as a place where proceedings, debates and discussions take place to resolve issues.

"If this does not happen, people's faith in democratic institutions can be affected, resulting in a feeling of despondency which is unacceptable in a healthy democracy as it may derail democratic institutions," she said, reiterating dialogue as an integral part of democratic working.

"Our goal of poverty eradication and of inclusive growth that embraces the disadvantaged and marginalised sections of society can be achieved when our actions are guided by a social conscience and are not devoid of sensitivity.

"We are seeking good governance and a people-centric administration," she said and warned hat "callous and casual attitudes in the sphere of public service are unacceptable."

"Corruption is the enemy of development and governance. Instead of getting lost in this mire, it is necessary to rise above it and seriously look at bringing systemic changes to deal more effectively with corruption," she said, calling for a "genuine partnership" between the Centre and its people.

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