15 Sep :The President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil will preside over the Conference of Governors on Tuesday the 16th of September and Wednesday the 17th of September 2008 at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. This is the 42nd Conference to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan and the first Conference to be presided over by Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil.
28 Governors and three Lt. Governors of the States and Union Territories will attend the Conference. The Vice-President, the 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.
The focus of the two day Governors’ Conference will be on the internal security environment with special reference to Left Wing Extremism/Insurgency and steps taken for police modernization, the security scenario along our international borders and related issues, various aspects of bilateral relationship with our neighbouring countries. 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 in the two day Conference.