New Delhi: Emphasising that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was on the path of building a New India, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Thursday that the Union government was making efforts to provide access to basic amenities, better education and health facilities, and equal opportunities to every citizen to advance talent.

The president was addressing the joint sitting of both Houses on the first day of the budget session of Parliament. Elaborating on the idea of a New India, the president also said that government was working to ensure life without deprivation for every citizen and where every girl feels safe. He said that all citizens would have access to justice and dignity. While talking about the idea of New India, the president said that the Union government had tried since 2014 to get rid of systems that are imperfect and corrupt.

“Prior to the 2014 general election, the country was passing through a phase of uncertainty. After the elections, my government assumed charge and vowed to build a new India. A new India with no place for imperfect, corrupt and inertia ridden systems. From day one, the mission of my government based on transparency was to improve the lives of our citizens, to eradicate their difficulties owing to poor governance, and to make sure that the benefit of public services reach the lowest strata of the society," Kovind said in his speech.

Talking about the upcoming general elections in 2019, President said that citizens, especially young voters, would get the right to right to vote, and determine the direction of the nation’s policies and decisions.

“This year, our nation will provide a decisive impetus to our march towards a powerful, self-reliant and prosperous 21st century new India. The biggest festival of democracy will be celebrated this year in the form of general election. Through this august House, I convey my best wishes to the young voters who will cast their votes for first time in this century. As citizens of India, they will exercise their right to vote, and determine the direction of the nation’s policies and decisions," the president said. 

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