Modi asks governors to make conscious efforts towards national integration


New Delhi: Speaking on the concluding day of the two-day conference of the governors and lieutenant governors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked governors to make conscious efforts towards national integration.

The PM stressed “on making conscious efforts towards national integration” and asked the governors to facilitate better effectiveness of government initiatives.

He also urged governors to involve themselves in initiatives such as ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’ (one India, great India) and ‘Run for Unity’, a statement issued by Rashtrapati Bhawan said.

The conference, hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind, was attended by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman among others.

“Deliberations on both achievements and problems between states will give a new dimension to cooperative federalism,” Kovind said during the concluding ceremony.

“The president said that states and governors should share information about their successful programmes with their counterparts,” according to the statement.

In his remarks, president Kovind said that governors can give direction to the younger generation and play an important role in shaping the future of the country by constantly engaging with students and teachers.

“They can inspire universities in their states to develop as innovation centres. The role of the governors becomes even more important in ensuring education and development in tribal areas,” the president said.

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