With a hope that the journey on the path of development will continue in 2019 as well, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stated that his government’s achievements registered in 2018 will fill everyone with glory.
In his “Mann Ki Baat” monthly radio programme, the last address of 2018, the Prime Minister said India has taken strides in the area of poverty alleviation at a record pace along with achieving an unprecedented improvement in the “ease of doing business” rankings, with the world institutions acknowledging India’s growth.
Summing up achievements of 2018, he underlined the accomplishments in the field of economy, social sector, solar energy, climate change, sports and others.
“Whether it is one’s own life or the life of the nation, we are advised to look back, and look ahead too… so that we can learn lessons from our mistakes and get confidence to move ahead. You all must be thinking how do we remember 2018? The year 2018 would fill everyone with glory,” Modi said.
The 2018 saw launching of world’s biggest health insurance scheme ‘Ayushman Bharat’; in honour of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India witnessed the unveiling of the tallest statue in the world, ‘Statue of Unity’; electricity reached each and every village of the country, the Prime Minister said.
The ease of doing business in India improved notably; on the 75th anniversary of Azad hind government, a tricolour was unfurled at Delhi’s Red fort for the first time, and the highest United Nations Environment Award ‘Champions of the Earth’ was conferred upon India, he added.
Modi said the country’s self defence mechanism got further reinforced and it was during this very year that India has successfully accomplished the Nuclear Triad, which means India is now armed with nuclear capabilities – in water, on land and in the sky as well.
He also mentioned about opening of India’s first multi-modal terminal on the Ganga river in Varanasi and Sikkim’s first airport as major achievements.
“I hope this trail of success will continue in 2019 also,” he said.
He said, this year the country will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi.
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“South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is going to grace the Republic Day celebrations as chief guest. Mahatma Gandhi and South Africa shared an unbreakable bond,” he said remembering former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.
The Prime Minster also paid obeisance to Sikh Guru Gobind Singh, saying he was a divine figure full of heroism, valour, courage, sacrifice and devotion.