PM Modi Welcomes 'New India' 21st Century Voters In Last Mann Ki Baat Of 2017

| December 31 , 2017 , 13:04 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is famous for his 'Mann Ki Baat' radio telecast which he conducts on the last Sunday of every month, often incorporating feedback from the public and relating recent events. Coincidently, the last 'Mann Ki Baat' of 2017, fell on December 31, the last day of the year.

In the Mann Ki Baat episode of Sunday, PM Modi hailed the 'New India Voters', the generation of Indian citizens born in the year 2000, who will become eligible voters in 2018.

"Those born in the year 2000 or later, i.e. in the 21st century, will start becoming eligible voters from January 1, 2018. Indian democracy welcomes our 21st century 'New India Voters'," said the PM.

"A 21st century voter must feel proud that his or her vote will be the foundation of 'New India'. The power of vote is the biggest in a democracy," he said.

"New India will be free from poison of casteism, communalism, terrorism and corruption; free from dirt & poverty. New voters are filled with energy and enthusiasm. With their skills and strength, they will take India to new heights of glory," the PM said.

"New India needs to find ways, make plans regarding how we could accomplish our goals by 2022 and how we could build an India that our freedom fighters dreamt of," added PM Modi.

"New opportunities are being created for the youth. From skill development to innovation and entrepreneurship, our youth are excelling in every sector. It is now the time that a system is created where newest development opportunities are easily accessible for the 'New India Youth' as soon as they turn 18," he said.

"We can have mock Parliaments in our districts, where we discuss how to make development a mass movement and transform India. The New India Youth must take a lead in this," PM Modi said.

"Let us welcome the New Year with the smallest happiness and commence the journey from a 'Positive India' towards a 'Progressive India'," he continued.

PM Modi also spoke of the upcoming 'Swachh Survekshan' cleanliness survey.

"A cleanliness survey will be conducted from 4th of January to 10th of March, 2018 to evaluate achievements in cleanliness level in our urban areas," said PM Modi.

PM Modi described the upcoming Republic Day celebrations as special since for the first time ASEAN leaders from the 10 countries would be in attendance as Chief Guests.

"India looks forward to welcoming ASEAN leaders for Republic Day 2018 celebrations. This is the first time so many leaders will grace the celebrations as the Chief Guests," said PM Modi.

He also spoke about the Haj pilgrimage, and that now women can go without a male guardian.

"It had come to our notice that if a Muslim woman wants to go on Haj, she must have a 'Mehram' or a male guardian, otherwise she cannot travel, it was discriminatory, we have changed this rule and this year around 1300 women applied to go without a male guardian," PM Modi said.