New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the world’s top dignitaries believe that India is taking itself out of poverty at a record momentum and expressed hope that the country continues its journey of development and progress.

Addressing the nation in the 51st edition of his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, PM Modi said, “I hope that India’s journey on the path of advancement and progress continues through 2019. Taking her to new heights with her inner strengths.”

PM Modi said that 2018 will be remembered for the launch of ‘Ayushman Bharat’, world’s largest health insurance scheme.

“In 2018, the world’s largest health insurance scheme ‘Ayushman Bharat’ was introduced. Electricity reached every village in the country. The world’s dignitaries have believed India’s is taking the country out of poverty with record momentum,” he said.

“The world has acknowledged that health coverage has reached 95 per cent of the country’s population. The year should also be remembered for the Statue of Unity, the Champions of the Earth award and the Solar and climate change efforts of India being globally recognised,” PM Modi added.

PM Modi also highlighted the launch of the waterway terminal at Varanasi, the inauguration of the Bogibeel bridge – India’s longest rail-road bridge, and the grand ‘Statue of Unity’ in Gujarat.

The prime minister also praised the exemplary performance by Indian athletes in the Asian Games and Para Asian Games. “India clinched a large number of medals in Asian Games and performed very well in Para Asian Games too. If I continue enumerating examples of ‘Purusharth’, character and mettle of Indians, or those of our collective endeavour, this episode of Mann Ki Baat will go on till the beginning of 2019,” he said.

Spreading negativity is fairly easy, but people must come together to make positivity viral, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday adding that collective efforts of the people have ensured that India achieved a lot in 2018.

“…Let’s come together to make positivity viral. I do believe that by doing so, more and more people will get to know about our heroes who brought a change in society. Spreading negativity is fairly easy. But some really good work is being done around us…,” Modi said.

He said several websites are spreading positive news and people should share their links so that positivity can be made viral.

For the first time ever after Independence, the Tricolor was hoisted at Red Fort besides the independence day celebrations. This was done to mark the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Azad Hind Government, he recalled.

To honour Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, world’s tallest statue, the Statue of Liberty, was unveiled, he said, adding that recently he had also announced ‘Sardar Patel Award’ for National Integration to be given to those who have contributed for national unity in any form.

The highest United Nations Environment award, ‘Champions of the Earth’ was also conferred upon India, Modi said in his address.

“The world duly took notice of India’s efforts in the areas of solar energy and climate change … It is due to our collective efforts that our country has seen unprecedented improvement in the ‘ease of doing business’ rankings.

“The country’s self defence mechanism got further reinforced. It was during this very year that our country has successfully accomplished the Nuclear Triad, which means we are now armed with nuclear capabilities in water, on land and in the sky,” the PM said.

He was referring to the first combat patrol carried out by nuclear submarine INS Arihant recently.

Prime Minister’s monthly radio broadcast completed 50 episodes last month.

In its previous episodes, he has covered issues of social, national as well as international implication: education of the girl child, tackling exam stress, climate change and drug menace.

In his last address, the prime minister said he deliberately kept “politics” out of his monthly radio address as the programme was about the aspirations of the people and not his or the government’s achievements.

He also said he chose radio as a medium to connect with the people as it was a “mighty means” of getting across.

In October 2014, in the very first episode of the programme, he had urged citizens to use at least one khadi product, saying it would help poor weavers.