Guv warns of public ire against corruption

Guv warns of public ire against corruption

Governor H R Bhardwaj on Sunday stressed the importance of providing functional services to the people lest they lost faith in democracy.

“Of late a visible tide of public resentment against corruption, lack of probity in public life and failure to deliver public services — especially to the deprived sections — is being seen,” he said at the 65th Republic Day celebrations. Delivering functional public services is the need of the hour to revive and reinforce people’s faith in democratic governance, he added.

Bhardwaj, who is expected to retire later this year, lauded the people of Karnataka for their “progressive attitude” and wished that the State’s unique culture, art, traditions and ethos were preserved and promoted in the years to come.

“I have very pleasant memories of serving the people of Karnataka as I have received immense love and affection (from them),” he said. “It is with deep gratitude that I will always cherish my stay here. I am sure the State will attain greater heights in all-round development and the people of Karnataka will have much higher standards of living.”

Earlier, the Governor lauded the State government for treading the “right path” and providing “food security” to the people. He urged it to take steps to reduce malnutrition among children. He was all praise for the government’s Sakaala scheme which, he said, had achieved “national recognition.”

The Governor also spoke about the larger outlook of the Indian economy and wondered whether it was sustainable and helping the people, its impressive growth notwithstanding. He said there was a long way to go to foster participatory and inclusive growth and to ensure resources generated in a growing economy are well spent to improve people’s living standards.

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