Rajnath Singh had called upon Patnaik and reportedly discussed the ensuing Presidential election with him over phone on Thursday.
Modi lauded the manner in which journalists worked like 'karmayogis' during the past 2 years of the pandemic.
With 13 big and small chambers, adequate lighting and other facilities, it was earlier used by the British rulers as a secret storage depot for arms and ammunition.
Thanking Modi, Thakur said, "This is big news for the youth of the country."
The Prime Minister called for increasing India's contribution to the global space market for which the private sector as well as innovative ideas must be given a platform.
Modi observed that these 70,000 start-ups are established in about 60 different industries.
Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who is on an official visit to India, earlier also met Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar.
The International Yoga Day celebrations are being held in a big way at 75 prominent Heritage spots of the country.
"Secured Northeast and secured central India pave the way for the development of tribals," Union Home Minister Amit Shah said.
He also exhorted financial institutions to continuously encourage good financial and corporate governance practices.
In his address, the prime minister cited a number of measures taken by his government to protect the environment.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath are among those attending the event.
Leading industrialists, including Gautam Adani, Kumar Mangalam Birla, Sajjan Jindal, and Anant Ambani, son of Mukesh Ambani, are likely to attend the event, officials from the UP government said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met India's newest women boxing champions in Delhi on Wednesday (June 1).
Thanking the girl for presenting him the handmade portrait, Modi, who was in the Himachal Pradesh capital to participate in the Garib Kalyan Sammelan, expressed gratitude to her for the gesture.