New Delhi 23 July 2022: Members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha bid farewell to the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, at a function held in the Central Hall of Parliament House, today.
Vice President of India and Chairman, Rajya Sabha Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu; Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi; Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla; and Members of both the Houses of Parliament were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Birla said that it is a proud occasion for the Members of both the Houses of Parliament who have gathered to express their gratitude and reverence to Shri Kovind on behalf of the nation. Shri Birla further said that during his five-year tenure as the President of the Republic of India, Shri Kovind has elevated the stature and dignity of this highest office to and for this reason all Members of Parliament express their gratitude.
Referring to the long journey of Shri Kovind in public service and his long association with Parliament, Shri Birla said that as a Member of Parliament guided by the spirit of empowerment through education, Shri Kovind contributed to the spread of education in rural areas as well as in the field of higher education with an emphasis on providing basic facilities and enhancing their quality. Continuous emphasis was laid on ideas such as higher participation of women in nation building and the creation of more opportunities for the disadvantaged sections of the society, especially the differently-abled and the infirm. Shri Birla added that the President's unwavering commitment to important issues of public interest is a testament to his dedication to public service.
In his speech, Shri Birla observed that the President's address given in Parliament reflects his vision, deep understanding of political and social issues facing the nation and his clear thought process towards their solutions. His Addresses to the Members of Parliament have inspired all political parties alike and inspired them to their responsibilities. This is the reason that Shri Kovind has received the full support of the leaders of all the parties and all Members of Parliament see him as the guardian of constitutional values and ideals. Shri Birla further said that exemplary work like following the principles of Indian Constitution, Shri Kovind's commitment to political fairness and making Rashtrapati Bhavan accessible to common citizens will always inspire generations to come.
Shri Birla described Shri Kovind's unique journey from a small village Paraunkh in Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh to the highest post of President of India as a wonderful and inspiring achievement of Indian democracy. Shri Birla further said that Rashtrapati ji has proved that he is a multi-faceted and sensitive public servant through his efforts towards national interest and the welfare of the common man.
On this occasion, a signature book was gifted to the President of India.