Droupadi Murmu: The Country has to Advance Through Women-Led Development

Guwahati: President Droupadi Murmu on Tuesday emphasised the significance of “Nari Shakti” at Amrit Kaal and urged the nation to advance from the “phase of empowering women to the stage of women-led development.”

A truly “Atmanirbhar Bharat” presupposes a “Atmanirbhar Nari,” according to the President.

President Murmu made these comments while addressing the 74th batch of Indian Police Service recruits at the Hyderabad-based Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy.

“In line with our stated national priorities, Nari Shakti has to play a major role in achieving the targets we have set for ourselves during the ‘Amrit Kaal’. A truly ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, pre-supposes ‘Atmanirbhar Nari’. The larger participation of women results in better overall development. We should quickly move ahead from the phase of empowering women to the stage of women-led development,” she said.

The President also urged the IPS probationers to display their five core qualities—integrity, impartiality, courage, competence, and sensitivity—through their actions.

“When the country is celebrating ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the nation acknowledges the rich contribution of our police force in sustaining and strengthening the world’s largest and most vibrant democracy. The Indian Police has also made a huge contribution to preserving the unity of the country. Thousands of brave police personnel have laid down their lives for the cause of India’s internal security,” she said.

She showed her respect for the IPS agents who gave their lives in the line of duty.

The police force, according to the President, are the government’s most visible institution, and when it enjoys the public’s trust, it improves the government’s reputation.

The police must work alongside other government agencies to advance society and the nation, according to President Murmu.

“Police officers are going to play the roles of change-agents in India’s achieving greater prosperity while ensuring sustainable development, especially inclusion. Inclusion means – the inclusion of that last person, the most deprived person, the most vulnerable person. That person should be at the centre of their concerns,” she said.

She advised them to have compassion for those who lack a voice.

“Police officers have to ensure that an illiterate poor man living in a remote corner of the country, gets sympathetic support at the local police post. The criminals should tremble with fear at the very thought of the police. But, at the same time, the common citizen should look at the police as a friend and saviour,” the President said.

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