"Adequate investment has to be made in the fields of education and health. But more importantly, it is the people who by their contribution have to make things happen. Men and women, who are capable, who are accomplished; and who can make a positive difference to the society, have to feel obligated to do their duty towards the nation," Mukherjee said during a function here.
"Those who have the means to add value to our country's journey of progress must have the right intentions. They must have an inner urge to do good for the society. They must have the motivation to enrich their professional experience by committing themselves to social progress", he said.
Mukherjee said India is a land of boundless opportunities and has the potential to become one of the world's greatest powers.
"For that, it has to build its soft power. It has to develop the capabilities of its citizens to the fullest extent possible," he said while giving away 14th Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for excellence in public administration, academics and management for 2013 to Dr Rajendra Achyut Badwe.