Swachh Bharat, Skill India ‘transformative’ schemes, says Pranab Mukherjee


President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday summoned that Narendra Modi government's schemes like Digital India, Swachh Bharat and Skill India are "transformative in nature".

"President of India President Mukherjee believes these programmes are transformative in nature and their successful implementation will alter the landscape of the country," said a reply on Facebook live chat from the President's page. It was written by Venu Rajamony, Press Secretary to the President.

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“Indians must dedicate themselves to the service of the nation”, Mukherjee said.

"Citizens of India should dedicate themselves to the cause of the nation and society through constructive contribution to these programmes in every possible manner," he said in reply to one question.

"Teachers are like the soft and skillful hands of a potter. They mould the destiny of thousands of students, in turn shaping the future of a nation,” he added.

Pranab Mukherjee said,"He loves teaching and remembers his days as a teacher fondly".

Before joining politics, Mukherjee was a teacher in Suri Vidyasagar College of West Bengal.

There were many questions that were asked to Pranab Mukherjee related to Rashtrapati Bhavan and how can visitors go to President's estate.

One question was: "What is being done to document the unique features of Rashtrapati Bhavan", to which the reply was: "Since President Mukherjee assumed office in 2012, comprehensive documentation of all aspects of Rashtrapati Bhavan is underway."

Five books titled "A Work of Beauty: The Architecture and Landscape of Rashtrapati Bhavan", "First Garden of the Republic: Nature in the President's Estate", "Around India's First Table: Dining and Entertaining at Rashtrapati Bhavan, "The Arts and Interiors of Rashtrapati Bhavan: Lutyens and Beyond", and "Discover the Magnificent World of Rashtrapati Bhavan" and three portfolios of paintings in Rashtrapati Bhavan will be released on Monday, it said.

One questioner was asked, saying that "Can I bring along my classmates to see the Rashtrapati Bhavan and its museums and will we be able to interact with the President on such occasions?" was told: "Your classmates and you are most welcome to visit Rashtrapati Bhavan. The President is normally very busy and able to interact personally only with limited number of people."

On another question, Mukherjee said, "appreciate and encourage all forms of art and culture. This is a programme called Indradhanush under which eminent dancers, musicians, etc perform for the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan Auditorium every month. Screening of films are also held from time to time".

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"President Mukherjee loves reading and is passionate about books. He reads whenever he has free time. He also enjoys morning walks in the Mughal Gardens."

"We would like to do such interactions in the future also," he said.