He expressed hope that the journey towards the path of development will continue into 2019 as well.

It was the 51st edition of his monthly address.

Modi highlighted the achievements of the year in various sectors like economy, social sector, and sports among others saying it could happen because of the collective efforts of the people.

“Whether it is one’s own life or the life of the nation, we are advised to look back, and look ahead too… so that we can learn lessons from our mistakes and get the confidence to move ahead. You all must be thinking how do we remember 2018? The year 2018 would fill everyone with glory,” said Modi.

Talking about the accomplishments of his government in 2018, he said, “Year 2018 saw launching of world’s biggest health insurance scheme ‘Ayushman Bharat’; in honour of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India witnessed the unveiling of the tallest statue in the world, ‘Statue of Unity’; electricity reached each and every village of the country; the ease of doing business in India improved notably; on the 75th anniversary of Azad Hind government, a tricolour was unfurled at Delhi’s Red Fort for the first time, and the highest United Nations Environment Award ‘Champions of the Earth’ was conferred upon India.”

The PM said Swacchh Bharat mission is a success adding that more than 3 lakh people gathered to participate in a cleanliness drive.

He also praised the achievements of Indian sportspersons, especially in Asian Games and Para Asian Games where India won many medals. He also mentioned the Indian cricket team and its outstanding performances in the recent games.

He spoke about the opening of India’s first multi-modal terminal on the Ganga river in Varanasi and Sikkim’s first airport.

“I hope this trail of success will continue in 2019 also,” he said.

He also wished the people for a host of upcoming festivals in the month of January, such as Makar Sakranti, Pongal, and Lohri.

(With agency inputs)