"Facilities, amenities and services meant for them whether they are living in rural or urban areas can be delivered smoothly only if there is an effective governance system that is less cumbersome but more transparent and accountable," said Patil.
She added that with more awareness people are growing more conscious of their rights and efforts should be made that welfare schemes impact the lives of people.
She assured that government was taking adequate steps to control H1N1 virus and requested for citizen cooperation in regard to prevailing Swine Flu and the drought. Patil also stressed that flagship programmes were focused on a wide range from health, education to different social and economic aspects. She also hoped that the nation would work together to face the economic meltdown.
The President emphasized on the importance of including the 'have not's' in the mainstream.
"There are the weaker and the vulnerable sections of society who are not full partners in the growth and development process and remain on the sidelines. These sections of society need to be drawn into the national mainstream. They need to be given access to education, health and skill-building - the tools of empowerment," she said.
She added that the country should progress using its inherent unity and harmony to maintain equality, secularism and fight terrorism.
"Let us prove that we can be united as human beings and not divided. Let fight against violence and extremism and be an important part of promoting peace and harmony," she said.