Lucknow: Affirming that the Ram temple is a matter of faith, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik on Friday said that when the issue is pending in the Supreme Court, any comments to incite emotions of the public and for political gains should not be tolerated.
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In an interview, ahead of the completion of four years at the helm of the Hindi heartland state, Mr Naik told UNI,'I am very much satisfied with my tenure as UP Governor. I believe I have made special bonding with the people of the state and their perception of Raj Bhawan has changed.'
Mr Naik, who turned 84 recently, is going to complete four years as UP governor on July 22 when he will present his yearly report card. He said that he has completed 1,460 days in office and attended over 24,995 meetings, actively participated in 1,421 programmes, including 531, outside the state capital and released 1,819 press notes.
About educational reforms, Mr Naik said, 'I am chancellor of 28 universities and in the past four years major initiatives in higher education can be observed. Vacant posts in universities were being filled and cheating-free examinations were conducted in universities. Classes, admissions, examinations and convocations of universities were also on time,' he pointed out, adding that past year statistics shows that girls have performed better than boys in higher studies.
About violence in the Lucknow University, Mr Naik said that it was very unfortunate that students protest came to this level. It was reported that some students tried to assault professors and vandalised vehicles in University premises.'I called LU vice-chancellor when I returned from Mumbai and asked for detailed reports of the episode but High Court took suo motu note of the fracas and my intervention was not required,' he asserted.
'I am in favour of University students elections and in a meeting with UP minister of Secondary and Higher Education Dr Dinesh Sharma six months back we were agreed that the postponement of elections should be revoked but it will take some time,'the Governor said. But students should not get violent while addressing their issues.Their leaders should focus on students issues rather than anything else, Mr Naik underlined.
There is, the Governor said, improvement in law and order situation in the state after organised crime was hammered but there is still scope for improvement. He said big industrial and major business houses showed interest in establishing industries here in UP which reflects that law and order situation was improving and people have faith on government and administration. 'In Investors Summit 2018, over 1,000 MoUs were signed which was a good sign for the development of the state. These industrialists believe that the Yogi Aditynath government was able to provide better law and order and better facilities which is essential for growth of their business. But still further improvement in law and order is required,'he said.
Mr Naik asserted that the state will get benefit of supportive government at the Centre and with better coordination, there will be faster development.'I believe that I have performed my duties as Governor efficiently and will continue to do so,' he added. UNI