Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed off the last edition of this year’s “Mann Ki Baat” urging the nation to recognise the potential of its youth, work for women empowerment and enhacing vigour for cleanliness throughout the country.
Stressing on the issue of women empowerment, the Prime Minister said it is his firm belief that the journey of India’s progress has been possible due to women-power and on the basis of their talent.
“…it should be our constant endeavour that our women also get equal rights and equal opportunities…,” he said.
Turning focus on empowering the Indian youth, PM Modi proposed to organize a mock parliamentary session in every district around August 15 next year. He termd the move a podium to engage with the youth to generate ideas on developing a ‘New India’.
“We could organize a Mock Parliament in every district of India, where the youth of 18 to 25 years of age sit together and discuss ideas to build a New India, find ways, make plans regarding how we could accomplish our goals by 2022 and build an India that our freedom fighters dreamt of,” he said.
Those aged 18 to 25, or the New India Youth, are filled with energy and enthusiasm, and are capable of assisting India scale greater heights of growth with their skill set, he said adding that the concept of New India is based on three pillars – Shanti, Ekta, and Sadbhavna.
It aims at creating a nation free of casteism, communalism, corruption, filth and poverty and a nation where ample opportunities are created and aspirations fulfilled, he said.
Prime Minister Modi also highlighted the importance of voting, calling it a biggest power granted by a democracy.
“Tomorrow, January 1, is special. We welcome those born in the 21st century to the democratic system as they will become eligible voters. A vote is the most effective means of bringing positive change in the lives of millions. It can transform our nation,” he said.
Talking further of women empowerment, Prime Minister Modi mentioned about one of the greatest reforms, lately, in the lives of Muslim women that has led to the abolishment of the ‘discriminatory’ practice of Muslim women being barred from visiting Haj without a ‘Mehram’ or male guardian.
Prime Minister Modi said around 1,300 women have applied to visit Haj without a male guardian.
(With inputs from Agencies)