In Mann Ki Baat, PM focuses on youth, millenials

In His Last Mann Ki Baat Address of 2017, PM Modi Pitches For New India, Speaks About Cleanliness

Bargarh: The Odisha unit of BJP broadcasted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's radio programme "Mann Ki Baat" in all the 270 booths of bypoll-bound Bijepur Assembly constituency in the district here on Sunday.

- 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 can not travel, it was discriminatory, we have changed this rule and this year arnd 1300 women applied to go without a male guardian. In the new year, he said people should take concrete steps to make a "progressive India" and recounted an inspirational story of Anjum Bashir Khan Khattak, topper of the Kashmir Administrative Service examination.

"Usually there is a lottery system for selection of Haj pilgrims but I would like that single women pilgrims should be excluded from this lottery system", he said. The guiding force for "New India' would be peace and unity", he added. "Indian democracy welcomes our 21st century "New India Voters", said the PM. "This has never happened earlier in India's history", PM said.

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. Modi, according to Hindustan Times, said that after "years of suffering", Muslim women have finally found a way out to "free" themselves from the practice.

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He also recalled his meeting with young girls from the state and said he was amazed at the spirit they had and the enthusiasm in their hearts and the dreams they nurtured.

"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. People born in the year 2000 or later; those born in the 21st century, will gradually begin to become eligible voters from the 1st of January, 2018.

During his Mann Ki Baat address, the PM also mentioned that head of all 10 ASEAN countries will be the chief guests at the Republic Day celebrations which is a matter of great pride for India.

Modi also said: "January 26, 2018, will especially be remembered through the ages".

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