"Those born in the year 2000 or later, i.e.in the 21st century, will start becoming eligible voters from January 1, 2018".
He 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?"
Highlighting the importance of voting, Prime Minister Modi said it is the biggest power granted by a democracy, as voters have the leverage to transform the nation.
The PM also floated the idea of mock Parliaments, for and by youngsters between the ages of 18 and 25.
"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. The guiding force for "New India' would be peace and unity", he added.
"New India will be free from poison of casteism, communalism, terrorism and corruption; free from dirt & poverty".
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"The 1st of January, 2018...in my view, is a special day..."
"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.
Terming the policy of allowing Muslim women to perform Haj only in the company of a male guardian as "injustice", Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his government has removed the restriction following which hundreds of women have applied to travel alone for the pilgrimage.
Modi also spoke about Anjum Bashir Khan Khattak, who extricated from sting of terrorism and hatred and topped in Kashmir Administrative Examination. The Prime Minister has been regularly dwelling on his concept of New India, which he had outlined in 2016.
The PM also announced proudly that on this Republic Day, leaders of all ten ASEAN countries would be coming to India as chief guests.
PM Modi said, "In our country, there is the talk of unemployment, that is, such a service in which there is no expectation". Such a thing has never happened before in the history of India. "On January 26, the arrival of great leaders of 10 nations of the world as a unit is a matter of pride for all Indians".