GUWAHATI: Chairperson of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel Sunday said it is matter of concern that a huge number of people in India are still living below the poverty line even as the country has earned its pride of place in the world with its economy growing “very fast”.
“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 of India. 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 while speaking at a function at the Raj Bhavan here on the eve of Constitution Day.
Justice Goel expressed pain that 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,” he said.
Asserting that legislators, administrators, politicians judges, and lawyers are committed to ensure that justice is served, Justice Goel, “Justice means we must guarantee minimum need to all. Justice cannot be done in isolation. Justice means fairness to all.”
Speaking on the occasion Assam Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi said the beauty of the Constitution of India lies in its flexible character which can be changed as per the needs of the exigencies of time. He said the Indian Constitution is a fine blend of securing its peoples fundamental rights and realisation of the aspirations of the people in the directive principles.
“We have a Constitution that is robust, comprehensive, stable and dynamic enough to realize the aspirations of our people. The most remarkable feature about Indian Constitution is that its philosophy is everlasting- but its structure and clauses are flexible,” Prof Mukhi said.
The Governor said as the Constitution 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,” he said.
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