Governors meeting at Rashtrapati Bhavan to discuss internal security

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New Delhi, Sep 15 (UNI) A two-day conference of governors, to be presided over by President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, begins here at Rashtrapati Bhawan tomorrow to take stock of the internal security environment.

This is the 42nd conference to be held at Rashtrapati Bhawan and the first one to be presided over by Ms Patil.

As many as 28 Governors and three Lt Governors of the states and Union Territories will attend the Conference.

The Vice-President, Prime Minister and Union Ministers of External Affairs, Human Resource Development, Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Defence, Home, Finance, Tribal Affairs, Rural Development, Science&Technology and Earth Sciences and MOS (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Women and Child Development will also participate in the conference.

The focus of the Conference will be on the internal security environment with special reference to left wing extremism/insurgency and steps taken for police modernisation, the security scenario along our international borders and related issues, various aspects of bilateral relationship with our neighbouring countries.

Besdies issues relating to climate change and sustainable development in India's context, the Indian agricultural scenario and food security, the current economic situation and strategy for price stability will also come up for discussion.

Rural development related matters with special reference to employment, drinking water and sanitation, the strategy for promotion of gender equality, gender budgeting, implementation of women's empowerment programmes and combating social evils, the role of Governors in the context of administration of scheduled areas and tribal areas and as Chancellors in the development of higher education, administration of welfare schemes for ex-servicemen and war-widows, issues of pensionary benefits and other terminal benefits to Governors are the other agenda items to be deliberated upon by the participants.

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