During the interaction, he spoke of 'seva paramo dharma' ( service is our supreme duty) as being an integral part of Indian culture.
The prime minister said the awardees have devoted their lives on a mission to serve others. He said their contribution extends far beyond those who benefited from their efforts, and serves as inspiration for the society, according to an official statement.
Modi said that efforts to serve society have been a part of the Indian ethos, and are reflected in initiatives such as dharamshalas, gaushalas, and even education initiatives that are visible across the country.
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