The Nation celebrates 73rd Independence Day today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisted the national flag at the ramparts of the historic Red Fort in Delhi and addressed the nation.
Dressed in a white kurta-pyjama and a colourful turban, Mr Modi was received by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Red Fort. Prime Minister then inspected Guard of Honour.
Before coming to Red Fort, he paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.
In his address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that within 10 weeks of returning to power, his government took key decisions to fulfill the aspirations of people and cited the new law on triple talaq and scrapping of special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir.
He said his government has dedicated itself on all fronts in the service of countrymen. Mr Modi said, abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, law to ban the practice of instant triple talaq were some of the key decisions taken by his government soon after assuming power for the second term.
Prime Minister also condoled the death of people in recent floods and assured the affected of all help.
The Prime Minister said, this government thinks differently and the country comes first. He said, the spirit of One Nation, One Constitution- has become a reality and India is proud of that.
Mr Modi said, his government has made continuous efforts in last five years to meet all the needs and aspirations of the common man.
Prime Minister said, India understands the important of water conservation and thus, a new ministry for Jal Shakti has been created.
He announced 'Jal Jivan' mission to make drinking water available to all households and said government will spend 3.5 lakh crore rupees for it.
Prime Minister said, the movement towards water conservation has to take place at the grassroots level and it should not be limited to mere a Government programme. He said, people from all walks of life have to be integrated in this movement.
The Prime Minister stressed on the need for eradication of poverty for the better future of the country and the government has taken several steps in the last five years towards it.
The Prime Minister also highlighted the issue of population explosion and stressed on the need to have greater discussion and awareness on population explosion.
He said, population explosion will create problems for coming generations and those who follow the policy of small family also contribute to the development of the country adding that this is also a form of patriotism.
Mr Modi said, the recent Lok Sabha elections were neither fought by any political leader nor political party but they were contested by the people of the nation to achieve their dreams.
He said, the mood of the nation changed in 2019 and disappointment turned into hope. Mr Modi said, every effort made to remove corruption and black money is welcome as these are menaces that have ruined India for 70 long years. He said, we should always reward honesty.
The Prime Minister said, can we not remove the excess influence of Governments on people's lives. He said, the people should have the freedom of pursuing their own aspirations and the right eco-system should be in place in this regard.
He said, India does not want incremental progress but a high jump is needed and we have to keep in mind global best practices and build good systems.
Prime Minister said, the government has decided to invest 100 lakh crore rupees in infrastructure building.
Mr Modi said, India can become a 5 trillion dollar economy in the next five years.
Prime Minister called for improving exports to get more share in world economy. He said, wealth creation is important for the country as only then wealth distribution will happen. Mr Modi said, those who create wealth need to be respected.
Prime Minister said, today there is a stable government in India and its policy regime is predictable. He said, the world is eager to explore trade with India. Mr Modi said, the government has kept the inflation under check and supplement development.
He added that the fundamentals of Indian economy are strong which will help the country to grow further. Prime Minister announced creation of Chief of Defence Staff to ensure coordination and provide effective leadership to three services.
Mr Modi said, people of India are no longer happy with merely the proposal for a new railway station, they want to know when the state-of-the-art Vande Bharat Express will come to their area.
Currently, only one Vande Bahrat Express is operational between Delhi and Varanasi, while another between Delhi and Katra is in the pipeline. (AIR NEWS)