President Ram Nath Kovind has said that Dr B R Ambedkar was in favour of awakening the moral conscience of the society and he used to say that rights cannot be protected only by laws, but it is also necessary to have moral and social consciousness in the society. Addressing the inauguration ceremony of the International Ambedkar Conclave in New Delhi today, Mr Kovind said, Dr Ambedkar always emphasized on non-violent and constitutional means. He said, in the Constitution, many provisions have been made to protect the interests of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and Article 46 of the Constitution directs that the State shall develop the educational and economic interests of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes with special care. The President said, also, in this article, the State has been directed to protect them from social injustice and all forms of exploitation. He said, a number of institutions and procedures have been put in place to give effect to these guidelines. Mr Kovind said, there has been a lot of improvements, but a lot remains to be done by our country and society.
The President said that many people of the deprived sections are not aware of their rights and government’s initiatives for their welfare and therefore, it is the responsibility of members of Forum of SC and ST Legislators and Parliamentarians to make them aware of their rights and government’s initiatives. He said, it is also their responsibility to take forward the people of scheduled castes and tribes who have been left behind by them in the developmental journey. Mr. Kovind said, by this way they can pay their true tributes to Dr Ambedkar.
The President appreciated the Forum of SC and ST Legislators and Parliamentarians for organizing this conclave. He noted that this Forum is constantly highlighting issues of social and economic justice and playing an important role in spreading the thoughts and ideas of Dr Ambedkar. He expressed happiness that the conclave focuses on education, entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic development along with issue of constitutional rights.