New Delhi, December 31: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while speaking in his weekly Radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat', wished countrymen a very Happy New Year 2018 and spoke about spreading positivity in the coming New Year. He said, the dream of New India will be realised through the skill and fortitude of energetic youth.
He said, their vote will prove to be the bedrock of new India. He said, the vote is the most effective tool in bringing about a positive change in the lives of millions of people. He said, the youth can be makers of the 21st century.
Proposing a mock Parliament to be organised around 15th August in Delhi comprising one young representative selected from every district, Modi wished that youth get information and details of all the opportunities and plans at one place.
Expressing his views on cleanliness, Modi said, people should make a contribution in the direction of making Clean India which the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi had dreamt of.
Modi said, cleanliness survey will be conducted from 4th of January to 10th of March, 2018 to evaluate achievements in cleanliness level of the urban areas. The survey will cover a population of more than 40 crores in more than four thousand cities.
The Prime Minister said, now a Muslim woman can go to Haj Pilgrimage without a Mahram or a male guardian.
Earlier, he said, if a Muslim woman wanted to go to on Haj pilgrimage, she must have a male guardian, otherwise she cannot travel. Now, Minority Affairs Ministry has removed this restriction that had been in practice for the past 70 years.
He said, this is unprecedented in India's history. He said, on 26th January, the arrival of great leaders of ten nations of the world as a unit is a matter of pride for all Indians.
Remembering the pious occasion of Christmas, Prime minister said Christmas was celebrated across the world with gaiety and fervour. He said it reminds us of the great teachings of Jesus Christ who laid much emphasis on the spirit of service, Sewa Bhaav.
He also welcomed the new voters on behalf of Indian democracy. "People born in 21st century will gradually begin to become eligible voters from 1st of January, 2018," he said.