Modi ex­horts gov­er­nors to be agents of so­cial change

En­cour­ages them to lead by ex­am­ple on clean­li­ness

The Asian Age - - Front Page - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT with agency in­puts NEW DELHI, OCT. 12

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.

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.

Giv­ing the ex­am­ple of the re­cent hackathon con­ducted by the Union govern­ment where stu­dents had pro­posed tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions to sev­eral prob­lems, the Prime Min­is­ter said uni­ver­si­ties should be cen­tres of in­no­va­tion. In the same vein, he said youth in ev­ery state must fo­cus on one sport, the state­ment said.

Mr Modi also en­cour­aged lieu­tenant gov­er­nors of Union Ter­ri­to­ries to share the best prac­tices be­ing adopted by them in ar­eas such as so­lar en­ergy, Di­rect Ben­e­fit Trans­fer (DBT) of sub­si­dies and mak­ing Union Ter­ri­to­ries kerosene-free.

Ear­lier, Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind asked gov­er­nors to in­spire peo­ple for mak­ing the coun­try free from cor­rup­tion, poverty, il­lit­er­acy, mal­nu­tri­tion and un­hy­gienic con­di­tions.

He said the obli­ga­tion of gov­er­nors and lieu­tenant gov­er­nors to com­mit them­selves to the wel­fare of the peo­ple was more pro­nounced in the “cur­rent par­a­digm of co­op­er­a­tive fed­er­al­ism”.

Mr Kovind said that they play the role of a bridge be­tween the Union govern­ment and states, a state­ment from the Rash­tra­p­ati Bhawan said.

— PTI

Vice-pres­i­dent Venka­iah Naidu, Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and other lead­ers dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Con­fer­ence of Gov­er­nors at Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van on Thurs­day.

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