Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday interacted with the Commonwealth Games 2018 medal-winning paddlers, including Manika Batra and Achanta Sharath Kamal.

The Prime Minister congratulated the medal winners for their exemplary performance in the international arena, adding that their performance has made the entire nation proud, according to a release from the government.

Modi also acknowledged the rise of sporting talents from small towns in India and emphasized the need for continuously nurturing them.

Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan were present on the occasion.