New Delhi: Expanding footprint of terror groups in neighbouring Pakistan, and their link with terror activities in India, is a "major security challenge", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Thursday.
Addressing the concluding day of the 46th Governors Conference, the Prime Minister spoke on various issues including ceasefire violations along the Line of Control(LoC), violence perpetrated by Maoists and recent initiatives taken on economic front.
While talking about the security scenario especially in states sharing international borders, Modi said "the expanding footprint of extremist and terrorist organisations in Pakistan, and their link with terror activities in India, is a major security challenge."
He said ceasefire violations along the LoC were continuing but added that the Government adopted a multi-pronged approach to counter infiltration from across the border.
The Prime Minister asked the states facing the problem of Left Wing Extremism to adopt a coordinated approach to tackle the problem.
The Conference, which saw participation of 21 Governors and two Lt Governors, was chaired by President Pranab Mukherjee and attended among others by several cabinet ministers.
Describing governors as inspirational "agents of change", Modi said their catalysing influence can contribute significantly to the development of states.
Outlining the broad thrust of his government's policies, he said the policies were working towards cooperative, competitive federalism through the NITI Aayog.
The government has moved away from the model of "one-size- fits-all" schemes, Modi said and added that its policies were meant for all-round economic growth.
He stressed on the need for ending the infrastructure deficit in the northeast, to realise the immense potential of the region, and to help it march forward shoulder-to-shoulder as part of "Team India".
The Prime Minister spoke on the subject of tribal development and stressed on the need for providing stable employment to tribals, eliminating infrastructure gaps, and improving education, human development, and lifestyle changes among the tribal communities.
He highlighted recent governance initiatives of his government, including the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG subsidy, the Digital India Mission, the Make in India Mission, initiatives for skill development, and elimination of outdated laws.
Modi said governors are chancellors of universities, and in that capacity, they should inspire youth and their families to work towards Swachh Bharat.
He also touched upon major social issues such as drug abuse, declining sex ratio and food adulteration, in his address.
Giving an illustration that 20,000 villages still remained without any electricity, Modi asked the governors to contribute in the successful implementation of important central schemes.