Despite fast-growing economy, many live below poverty line: Justice Goel

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Constitution day observed at Raj Bhavan

HT Bureau

Guwahati, Nov 25: National Green Tribunal chairman Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel Sunday said India has earned its pride of place in the world with its economy growing “very fast” but a large number of people still live below the poverty line.

Addressing a function at the Raj Bhavan here on the eve of Constitution Day, Justice Goel said the country had no doubt achieved growth but it was not “enough” to meet the aspirations of the freedom fighters who had drafted the Constitution.

“Our economy is growing very fast, we have a place of pride in the world as a nation. But we have a large number of people below the poverty line. We have people who are deprived of food …  there are people who are deprived of shelter and clothes,” Justice Goel said.

He said, in many districts of Odisha, there are people who do not have sufficient clothes to cover their body. They use only one piece of cloth to cover their body even after 70 years of independence.

Stating that legislators, administrators, politicians judges, and lawyers are committed to ensure that justice is served, he said, “Justice means we must guarantee minimum need to all.”

He said that the framers of the Constitution while giving a final shape to the Constitution tried their level best so that the constitution becomes a comprehensive document which meets the aspirations of the people at different time and juncture.

In his address, Governor Jagdish Mukhi said, “The beauty of our Constitution lies in its flexible character which can be changed as per the needs of the exigencies of time.”

Mukhi said that the most remarkable feature about Indian Constitution is that its philosophy is everlasting- but its structure and clauses are flexible. The Constitution framers were enlightened and far sighted enough to give future generations the power to amend and change clauses as may be needed with the times. The beauty of the Constitution is that it is changed as per the needs of the requirement, the Governor observed.

He said that the Constitution of India is considered as the supreme law of the country providing framework for the governance of the country. As this document is created by the Constituent Assembly and adopted by the people of the country as enshrined in its preamble, it ensures constitutional supremacy rather than the parliamentary supremacy. It is the world’s largest constitution with 395 articles, 22 parts and 8 schedules at the time of its adoption.

Former Governor of Meghalaya RS Mooshahary, former Governor of Bihar Devananda Konwar, former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, senior government officials, judges of Gauhati High Court, members from the legal fraternity, former DGP Mukesh Sahay, Vice Chancellors of different Universities of the state, editors of media houses, and other dignitaries were also present at the function.

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