Underlining that a ‘young’ India will soon be the sole provider of workforce to ‘aging’ countries of the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the country&’s youth must be skilled and ready for the opportunity.

Speaking at the ‘Nayi Disha Naya Sankalp’, an event to mark Maharshi Dayananda Saraswati’s birth anniversary celebrations, Modi said by 2030, there will be many countries in the world that won’t have a young workforce and they will look up to India.

“At that time, India will have the strength to provide workforce to the world. The day is not far when we will change the fate of the world with our work,” said Modi as he addressed a large gathering of school children and teachers from different states at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here.

However, Modi said having certificates was not enough and that the youth must be skilled and ready for the opportunity.

“Government has taken up several initiatives that will benefit the youth of India and this includes skill development,” he said.

The Prime Minister further said that his government was focused on development as it was the “only solution to all problems plaguing India.”

Asking the students to get “inspired by great people like Dayananda Saraswati” and “do something good for the nation”, Modi called upon the youngsters to get involved in cleaning the holy river Ganges.

“Governments have come and gone but the Ganga remains dirty. If all of you support me and participate in cleaning the river, I am sure we can do it.

“A clean Ganga makes India proud at the world stage.”

Dayanand Saraswati was born in 1824 and breathed his last in 1883. A renowned Hindu religious leader, he founded Arya Samaj, a Hindu reform movement of the Vedic tradition.