He also said the scourge of Left-Wing extremism should be tackled through twin-pronged strategy of development and deterrence.

In his new year message to Governors and Lt Governors through video conferencing, Mukherjee said a major issue in states having international borders was security.

"While India is committed to peace and non-violence, we cannot afford the luxury of being complacent on our borders. Repeated violations of the ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC) and recent incidents of incursions off our coastal line are a matter of serious concern.

"We should be ready to take all steps necessary to ensure both internal and external security, and protect territorial integrity of our nation," he said in his message.

The President said after three decades, general elections have provided a stable government at the Centre with a clear majority for a single party, with a mandate for good governance.

"To realise the aspirations of our countrymen and guide India’s rightful ascent in the comity of nations, both the Central and the State Governments have to collectively share the responsibility," he said.

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