Modi ex­horts gov­er­nors to be agents of so­cial change

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Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Thurs­day ex­horted gov­er­nors to be­come cat­alytic agents for change in so­ci­ety while up­hold­ing the sanc­tity of the Con­sti­tu­tion and mo­ti­vat­ing stu­dents and teach­ers to con­trib­ute to­wards a “New In­dia” by 2022.

Ad­dress­ing a con­fer­ence of gov­er­nors at Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van here, he said a “New In­dia” can be achieved only by mak­ing it a peo­ple’s move­ment.

Mr Modi also en­cour­aged gov­er­nors to lead by ex­am­ple on the cause of clean­li­ness and said Ma­hatma Gandhi, whose 150th birth an­niver­sary will be cel­e­brated in 2019, is a source of in­spi­ra­tion “as we work to­wards an open defe­ca­tion free In­dia”.

The Prime Min­is­ter also said that gov­er­nors can “mo­ti­vate” banks to give loans un­der Mu­dra scheme to trib­als, dal­its and women, es­pe­cially in the pe­riod between Con­sti­tu­tion Day on Novem­ber 26 and Ambed­kar Ma­ha­parinir­vana Di­was on De­cem­ber 6.

He also en­cour­aged them to in­ter­act at length with stu­dents and teach­ers, a PMO state­ment said.

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