'Let us dedicate 2013 to improving safety, security and dignity of women': Mukherjee

Lucknow, Jan. 8 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said that a country is not civilised if it cannot respect its mothers, daughters and sisters.

"Let us dedicate the year 2013 to improving the safety, security and dignity of women," he added in reference to the recent tragic loss of a young girl who became the victim of a heinous crime in Delhi.

President Mukherjee, who inaugurated the 125th year celebrations of Uttar Pradesh Legislature here today, stated that being a representative of the people is an honour but carries with it great responsibility.

"It is incumbent on representatives to be not only sensitive and responsive to the problems and concerns of the electorate, but to lend their voice for its amelioration," he said.

President Mukherjee said that it is unfortunate that the time devoted by legislators towards legislation has been gradually declining and this is true of legislatures across the country.

"Unless legislation is preceded by adequate discussion and scrutiny, they may not result in delivering the desired results or meeting its objectives," he added.

President Mukherjee further said that in the recent past, there is an increasing tendency to resort to disruption as a means of Parliamentary intervention, which neither serves any purpose nor provides an effective method to get viewpoint across the other side.

He stated that the entire assembly must work jointly in a spirit of co-operation and harmony for the benefit of the people, the state and the country.

President Mukherjee also wished all members of Uttar Pradesh Legislature on the memorable occasion. (ANI)

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