New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed the National Youth Parliament Festival 2019 at Vigyan Bhawan in the national capital on Wednesday and spoke about the productivity of 16th Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

Taking a jibe at the attendance of Rajya Sabha members, he said, “During 16th Lok Sabha, average productivity was 85 per cent, nearly 205 bills were passed. The 16th Lok Sabha worked 20 per cent more, in comparison to 15th Lok Sabha. While, Rajya Sabha’s performance was only 8 per cent.”

Further, he asked the youngsters to question the members of Rajya Sabha, where opposition parties have a numerical advantage over his government, of their respective states, saying it will lead to nation-wide pressure on them.

He also added he doesn’t believe in tokenism and even suggested an online feedback portal to gather innovative inputs for betterment of this festival.

Before beginning the address, PM Modi conferred the National Youth Parliament Festival 2019 awards to the winners.

the National Youth Parliament Festival 2019 was launched on January 12 by Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore in order to encourage the youth in the age group of 18-25 years to engage with public issues and understand the common man’s point of view.

Prime Minister in his Mann Ki Baat address on 31st December 2017, had shared his idea of organising Youth Parliaments for young people in every district of the country. It is to provide a chance to the youth to brainstorm about new India and to find ways and chalk out plans to realise our resolves before 2022. He reiterated his idea to capture the voice of the youth in his address to the youth during the 22nd National Youth Festival on 12th January 2018.