Modi proposes 'mock Parliament' for young electors

Modi proposes 'mock Parliament' for young electors

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reached out to the Millennium Children, who turn voters in 2018.

Addressing the nation during his 'Mann Ki Baat' monthly radio address, he said, "The 1st of January, 2018, in my view, is a special day. People born in the year 2000 or later, those born in the 21st century, will gradually begin to become eligible voters. I congratulate our youth & urge them to register themselves as voters. The entire nation is eager to welcome you as voters of the 21st century. Your vote will prove to be the bedrock of New India".

The prime minister also proposed organising a 'mock Parliament' for youth - in the age group of 18 to 25 to "brainstorm about new India and chalk out plans" for it - eligible for exercising their franchise, in every district of the country, starting with the first in Delhi on August 15, 2018.

This assumes significance as India will witness the general elections in 2019 where Modi is eyeing a second term while Congress president Rahul Gandhi is gearing up to give him a tough fight.

The vote is the "most effective tool" in bringing about "a positive change" in the lives of millions of people, he said.

Cleanliness survey

The Centre has decided to conduct a two-month survey from January 4, 2018, to assess the status of cleanliness in 4,000 cities across the country.

Announcing the rollout of 'Cleanliness Survey 2018', Modi said the nationwide exercise to be undertaken in the new year would be "the largest in the world".

"The Cleanliness Survey 2018 will be conducted from January 4 to March 10, 2018, to evaluate achievements in cleanliness in our urban areas. This survey will cover a population of more than 40 crore in more than 4,000 cities," he said.

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