New Delhi: President Draupadi Murmu said in the national speech on the eve of the Republic Day that the economy of the country has become strong after facing many challenges including the Kovid epidemic, economic recession. The new education policy will help in the overall development of the young generation of the country. The scheme of giving free food grains to the poor continues in the year 2023. Government is focusing on digitization and women empowerment in the country. Earlier, on the occasion of 13th National Voter’s Day, President Draupadi Murmu hailed the role of voters and the contribution of women in the electoral process and democratic activities. Draupadi Murmu recommended citizens to contribute to nation-building by voting amid the Election Commission’s expectations of 75 percent voter turnout in future elections. Draupadi Murmu appealed to the citizens to vote with the spirit of ‘Rashtra Sarvopari’. The President termed the increase in active participation of women in the electoral process as a major achievement for the country’s democracy and electoral process. For the first time in history, the total number of women MPs in both houses of Parliament has reached 115. From Gram Panchayats to Parliament, women are contributing significantly. Their participation and numbers should continue to increase. The National Awards for the year 2022 were announced for the year 2022 for outstanding performance at state and district level in various categories like Election Awareness, Election Facilitation and Reforms in Infotech, Administrative Performance during Elections and Security during Elections. Awards will be given to government departments and media for outstanding performance in public awareness regarding voting and election process. The song ‘Main Bharat Hoon, Hum Bharat Ke Mutadata Hain’ will be performed at the prize distribution ceremony. The song has been composed by Election Commission in collaboration with Subhash Ghai Foundation.