President Pranab Mukherjee Friday participated in the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and laid the foundation stone of a hostel for former legislators.
The President also released a Diamond Jubilee Souvenir.
Mukherjee urged the legislators to take a solemn pledge on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations to restore the glory and grandeur of India´s Legislative Bodies.
The President said that the Constitution of India places the Legislative Assembly at the center of governance in a state and conceives of it as the primary instrument for socio-economic change.
"The primary responsibility of State Legislature is to enact laws required for good governance and administration of the State. List-2 of the Seventh Schedule of our Constitution lists 66 items for State administration and legislation."
He reminded the members that being a representative of the people is a matter of privilege and a great honour.
"This privilege however carries with it great responsibility. Elected representatives have many roles to play and there are competing demands - from one's Party, from the Assembly and from the constituency."
Mukherjee said, "The job of a legislator is a 24/7 responsibility. The legislator have to be sensitive and responsive to the problems and concerns of the people, give voice to their grievances, hardships and problems by raising them on the floor of the Legislature and act as the link between the people and the Government."
He stated that the Legislative Assembly is the master of the Executive in the sense that the Chief Minister along with his Council of Ministers is accountable collectively and severally to the Legislative Assembly.
"The Executive can be unseated at any time by passing a resolution of No Confidence in the State Legislative Assembly by a simple majority. Moreover, most of the instruments of governance are executed through appropriate laws passed by Legislatures."
"The Executive's dependence on Legislature is total and it is essential that legislation are done with due care and attention so that the views of our democratic functioning move smoothly."