PM asks Gov­er­nors to be cat­alytic agents of change in so­ci­ety

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Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi to­day said Gov­er­nors can be­come cat­alytic agents for change in the so­ci­ety while up­hold­ing the sanc­tity of the Con­sti­tu­tion. Ad­dress­ing a con­fer­ence of Gov­er­nors at Rash­tra­p­ati Bhawan here, he men­tioned the tar­get of 'New In­dia' by 2022 and em­pha­sized that this can be achieved only by mak­ing it a peo­ple's move­ment, a PMO state­ment said.

He also said that the 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 en­cour­aged them to in­ter­act at length with stu­dents and teach­ers in this re­gard, the 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.

Modi also en­cour­aged the Gov­er­nors to lead by ex­am­ple on the cause of clean­li­ness, it added.

He 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 said that fes­ti­vals and an­niver­saries can be great mo­ti­va­tors and en­er­giz­ers in the quest for change, the state­ment said. He also

en­cour­aged Lt. 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.

He said th­ese achieve­ments must be ex­tended across all Union Ter­ri­to­ries speed­ily, the state­ment said. (AGEN­CIES)

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