India marked the 69th Independence Day on August 15, 2015 with flag hoisting by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Red Fort in New Delhi and a ceremonial speech marked by what India achieved and what it envisions to achieve.
The day began with PM Narendra Modi greeting the nation, “”Independence Day greetings to all my fellow Indians. स्वतंत्रता दिवस की हार्दिक शुभकामनायें। जय हिन्द!”.
The red Fort speech later highlighted the resolve of 125 crore Indians, as “Team India”, to root out corruption, and to make India a developed nation by 2022 when it celebrates the 75th anniversary of independence.
Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Modi said that the unity, simplicity and brotherhood of 125 crore Indians, is the strength of this nation, and casteism and communalism have no place in our society.
The Prime Minister explained various initiatives of his Government to roout out corruption citing the auctions of coal, spectrum and FM radio licenses. He mentioned the PAHAL scheme for direct transfer of LPG subsidy, which has resulted in savings of Rs. 15,000 crore.
He said the introduction of “neem-coated urea” has helped to end diversion of subsidized urea to non-agricultural purposes. He acknowledged that the corruption is a termite, which needs bitter medicine, with possible side-effects, to cure.
Modi said that in the last year, the CBI had registered 1800 cases against corruption, as against 800 in the year before that, assuring that important steps had been taken in the drive against black money.
For farmers’ welfare, he said the Ministry of Agriculture would be renamed as the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, promising electricity and irrigation to farmers. He said the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana had been launched with an outlay of Rs. 50,000 crore.
Recollecting his last year’s speech, the Prime Minister said the promise of toilets in all schools had been almost fulfilled and financial inclusion had received a big boost with the opening of 17 crore bank accounts through the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana. He said the Rs. 20,000 crore deposited in the Jan Dhan accounts reflected the “richness of India’s poor” (गरीबों की अमीरी).
The Prime Minister also spoke of the welfare schemes launched by the Union Government, including Atal Pension Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Yojana, and the schemes launched for labour welfare.
Describing children as the greatest brand ambassadors for “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan,” the Prime Minister said this vision had generated great interest for the people of India.
The Prime Minister announced the “Start-Up India” initiative, which would encourage entrepreneurship among the youth of India. He said each of the 1.25 lakh bank branches, should encourage at least one Dalit or Adivasi entrepreneur, and at least one woman entrepreneur. “Start-Up India, Stand-Up India,” the Prime Minister said.
On the long-standing demand from ex-serviceman for One-Rank, One-Pension, the Prime Minister reiterated that the demand had been accepted by the Government “in-principle.” He said the modalities were being worked out with stakeholders, and he was hopeful of a positive outcome.
The Prime Minister reiterated his Government’s resolve to make India a developed nation by 2022, with a house and access to basic services like electricity, to all. He said all the 18,500 villages which still remain without power would get power within the next 1000 days. He also reiterated his vision for the development of eastern India.
Questioning the practice of “interviews” for recruitments even at relatively junior levels, the Prime Minister called upon concerned departments to end this practice at the earliest, and to promote merit by recruiting only through transparent, online processes.
On the occasion of the Independence Day, the Press Information Bureau, under the aegis of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting launched its blog to mark the country’s 69th Independence Day https://pibindia.wordpress.com/ , with several posts/articles by various Union Ministers such as Birender Singh, Minister of Rural Development and Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Environment and Forest, among others.
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