President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said that the COVID pandemic has badly hit the country’s economy and the government has taken various financial measures to mitigate the crisis and help the poor.
President Kovind said this at the closing ceremony of the Officer Trainees of the National Academy of Audit and Accounts for Indian Audit and Accounts Services (IA&AS).
President Kovind said that the last 18 months have been very difficult for the country. He said the economy has been badly disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said that the government has taken several financial measures for the welfare of the poor and mitigating the distress.
These are often financed through money, which can be said to have been borrowed from our children and grandchildren, he said.
We owe it to them that these scarce resources are put to the best possible use and used most effectively for the welfare of the poor, adding that the CAG has a very important role to play in this.
President Kovind said that audit engagements provide a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the system and put the CAG in a good position to suggest improvements.
The President presented medals to meritorious trainee officers on the occasion.
His wife Savita Kovind, Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur were also present.
Earlier, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India Girish Chandra Murmu welcomed the President.
Sunil S Dadhe, Director General, National Academy of Audit and Accounts explained in detail about the various activities of the Institute. The President is on a four-day visit to Himachal Pradesh.
On Friday evening, the Governor organized a cultural program and a banquet in his honor at the Raj Bhavan.
President Kovind will leave for Delhi from Shimla on Sunday morning.