A group of 14 differently abled children from the remote area of Banihal in Jammu and Kashmir called on President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, President Mukherjee stated that the initiative would help instill in those children a feeling of integration with the rest of the country. He advised the children that on returning back to Banihal, they should share their experiences with the people there.
President Mukherjee further said that they should spread the message of peace, goodwill and of making united efforts for the progress and development of the nation.
Addressing the children, he said that he would like this experience to instill in them a strong desire to be a part of the national effort - to strive for high goals, and contribute to the development of the different regions of our country.
" Although the different regions of the country may seem to be vastly separated by their different cultures and traditions yet we are all bound by our shared history and our common future," said President Mukherjee.
The children are in Delhi on an educational-cum-motivational tour as part of Operation Sadbhavana organized by CI Force (Delta). (ANI)