India is pulling its citizens out of poverty at a record pace: PM Modi in Mann ki Baat

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 30, 2018, 12.04 PM(IST)

Prime Minister Modi's monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat. Photograph:( ANI )

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Modi was addressing 51st edition of his popular radio broadcast programme 'Mann Ki Baat'.

World agencies recognise that India is pulling its citizens out of poverty at a record pace, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday. 

Modi was addressing 51st edition of his popular radio broadcast programme 'Mann Ki Baat'. Wishing the nation on the new year 2019, PM Modi praised Indian athletes for their exemplary performances in Asian Games and Blind Cricket World Cup.

Pune's 20-year-old Vedangi Kulkarni has become the fastest Asian woman to travel around the world on a cycle, Modi said.

Kulkarni cycled 300km each day for 159 days, he said. 

He also praised 6-year-old Rajni who won a gold medal in Junior National Women Boxing Championship and 12-year-old Hanaya from Anantnag in Kashmir who won a gold medal in Karate Championship in Korea. 

The monthly radio programme was aired on All India Radio (AIR), Doordarshan and relayed on other channels.

He also mentioned that in 2018, the health insurance scheme - Ayushman Bharat - was launched.