Equal rights, opportunities to develop hallmark of constitution: Azad
7 December 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday said that equal opportunity of development and progress to every citizen irrespective of creed, caste, colour, region or religion has been the hallmark of Indian constitution and everyone is equal in the eye of law. Addressing a function organized to felicitate B. R. Kundal on his elevation as Chief Secretary of the State, the Chief Minister said that all sections of the society have to work shoulder to shoulder to contribute for development and progress of the State. 'We have to realize the goal of a classless society envisioned by Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi'. He said Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and Dr. Ambedkar following the footprints of Gandhiji carried forward the mission of upliftment of downtrodden and bring them at par with affluent sections. 'Today, we enjoy equal rights and equal opportunity to progress. There is no consideration of any caste or creed', he said and added that everyone of us has to nurture this characteristic. Chief Minister lauded Mr. B. R. Kundal saying that it was his merit that elevated him to the highest post in the State administration, adding that he was happy that this event took place in his tenure of Chief Ministership. Mr. Azad assured the All India SC-ST Confederation that government would safeguard the rights of downtrodden at all levels and take every measure for the development of poor and needy. Chief Minister expressed hope that under the guidance of Mr. Kundal, State administration would redouble its efforts to make development works a success and help people receive the fruits of gigantic infrastructure construction programme launched across the State. Chief Minister also presented a memento to Mr. Kundal on behalf of the organizers of the function. In his speech, Mr. Kundal expressed gratitude to Chief Minister and the organizing committee and highlighted the importance of education for achieving the highs. The functionaries of the confederation also spoke on the occasion.