President Expresses Deep Gratitude To All
New Delhi (PIB-GR-TYP-BIN): Three books on Rashtrapati Bhavan ‘Life at Rashtrapati Bhavan’; ‘Indradhanush – Volume II’ and ‘Rashtrapati Bhavan: From Raj to Swaraj’ were released at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Dec 11, by the President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President of India, Mr. Mohd. Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi respectively.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that he was overwhelmed by the love received from friends and people of the country. He expressed his deep gratitude to all those who had wished him on his birthday.
Referring to the books released at the function, he felt that it was important to document the multi-dimensional aspects of Rashtrapati Bhavan and accordingly through a Multi-Volume Documentation Project these books had been brought out. Since assumption of office, his objective was to demystify life and events in Rashtrapati Bhavan and open it to the public as far as possible. He was happy to note that large number of visitors are visiting Rashtrapati Bhavan including the Museums through various initiatives such as online booking, e-invites etc.
The Vice President and the Prime Minister of India appreciated the efforts to document for posterity the history, culture and life of Rashtrapati Bhavan through books. The Prime Minister conveyed his best wishes to the President on his birthday. He also hoped that the nation would continue to benefit from President Mukherjee’s tremendous experience and wisdom for a long time.
The Secretary to the President, Mrs. Omita Paul highlighted the various initiatives taken in the recent past such as the Multi-Volume Documentation Project, Smart Gram Initiative, Visitor’s Conference, Laureates and Leaders Summit etc.
Among the other dignitaries present on the occasion were Speaker of Lok Sabha, Mrs. Sumitra Mahaja, Former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Union Ministers, Judges of the Supreme Court, Governors/Lt. Governors and Senior Officers of the Govt. of India.