- Moving towards a $5 trillion economy:
PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation on the 73rd Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi, soon after hoisting the National Flag.
PM Modi during his speech said that there were several avenues which could contribute towards India becoming a five trillion-dollar economy. “Today, not only India has a stable Government, but the country’s policy regime too is predictable. The world is eager to explore trade with India. We are working to keep prices under check and increase development. The fundamentals of our economy are strong.”
Adding further about the nation’s wealth creators, PM Modi said that wealth creation was a great national service. “Let us never see wealth creators with suspicion. Only when wealth is created, wealth will be distributed. Those who create wealth are India’s wealth and we respect them”, he said.
The PM also drew attention of people towards the tourism industry in India and highlighted how the sector can be accentuated. He said that by encouraging tourism in the country, the country’s economy would benefit tremendously. Encouraging domestic tourism, PM Modi said that people travel abroad for holidays. He urged people to visit at least 15 tourist destinations across India before 2022, when we mark 75 years of freedom.
70 days of path-breaking decision-making:
During his speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the landmark moves undertaken by the government in the first 70 days of its second term. “It has been under ten weeks since the new Government was formed but several path-breaking decisions have been taken”, said PM Modi.
Speaking about the recent revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, PM Modi said, “By abrogating Articles 370 and 35A, we have fulfilled Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s dream.”
Highlighting the matter of Triple Talaq Bill, he added that the government had been able to ensure justice to all the Muslim women by implementing the Bill.
The PM added that the government had worked for the farmers and workers by providing MSP and pensions. He also enumerated measures being undertaken to tackle water crisis by forming a separate Jal Shakti Ministry.
SabkaSaath, Sabka Vikas, SabkaVishwaas:
Enumerating on the government’s vision of ‘SabkaSaath, Sabka Vikas and SabkaVishwaas’, PM Modi said, “We are also working to provide inclusive development to the tribal communities, minorities and all sections of the society.” He said that from 2014 to 2019, it was time to fulfil the needs of people and 2019 onwards is the time to give wings to the aspirations of the people of the country.
Ensuring gender justice:
Elucidating about the passage of the historic Triple Talaq Bill in the Parliament, PM Narendra Modi noted how Muslim women earlier used to suffer and be scared. “The fear of Triple talaq kept haunting Muslim women and that is why we took the step to criminalise instant talaq”, he said.
One Nation, one Constitution:
PM Narendra Modi said it was keeping up with the democratic spirit of India that Article 370 and Article 35A had been abrogated from Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
“We do not believe in creating problems or prolonging them. In less than 70 days of the new Government, Article 370 has become history, and in both Houses of Parliament, 2/3rd of the members supported this step. We want to serve Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh”, the Prime Minister said.
Modi said that the old arrangement in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh encouraged corruption, nepotism and there was injustice when it came to rights of women, children, Dalits, tribal communities and sanitation workers.
Questing those who supported Article 370, PM Modi said, “India is asking them: If this was so important and life changing, why was this Article not made permanent? After all, those people had large mandates and could have removed the temporary status of Article 370.”
He said that after the revocation of Article 370, the spirit of ‘One Nation, One Constitution’ has become a reality in India.
“GST brought to life the dream of One Nation, One Tax. India has also achieved One Nation, One Grid in the energy sector. Arrangements have been made for One Nation, One Mobility Card. Today, India is talking about One Nation, One Election”, he added further.
There must be greater awareness on population explosion: PM
Highlighting a major issue of population explosion from the Red Fort, PM Modi said, “We have to think- can we do justice to the aspirations of our children. There is a need to have greater discussion and awareness on population explosion.”
Encouraging family planning, PM Modi urged parents to give a serious thought to whether they will be able to fulfil their child’s dreams and aspirations and support a new life.
Waging a war against corruption:
Prime Minister Modi during his address noted how corruption had ruined the nation for 70 long years. He said, “Every effort made to remove corruption and black money is welcome. These are menaces that have ruined India for 70 long years. Let us always reward honesty.
Giving citizens the freedom to pursue their aspirations:
Prime Minister Modi called for reducing the excess influence of Governments on people’s lives. “Let our people have the freedom of pursuing their own aspirations, let the right eco-system be made in this regard”, he said.
He said that there should be no interference on the part of the government but if needed the government should always be there.
High jump, not incremental progress:
Prime Minister Modi said that India does not want incremental progress, but a high jump was needed. “Our thought process has to be expanded. We have to keep in mind global best practices and build good systems and ensure development accordingly”, he said.
The PM added that people now aspire big. “Earlier, people were happy with merely a plan to make a railway station. Now people ask when will Vande Bharat Express come to my area. People do not want only good railway stations or bus stations; they ask when a good airport is coming. Earlier the aspiration was to have a good mobile phone but now, people aspire better data speed. Times are changing and we have to accept that”, the PM remarked.
Zero Defect, Zero Effect:
Prime Minister Modi expounded upon the vision expanding exports. He said that it was time to think about how exports could be boosted. “Each district of India has so much to offer. Let us make local products attractive. May more export hubs emerge. Our guiding principle is Zero Defect, Zero Effect”, he said.
Strengthening coordination among defence forces:
India’s forces are India’s pride and to further strengthen the coordination among them, Prime Minister Modi announced a major decision from the Red Fort. “India will have a Chief of Defence Staff- CDS. This is going to make the forces even more effective”, said the Prime Minister.
Clarion call to free India from single use plastic:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his speech from the Red Fort today gave the clarion call to free India from single use plastic. “Can we free India from single use plastic? The time for implementing such an idea has come. May teams be mobilised to work in this direction. Let a significant step be made on 2nd October”, he said.
Urging people to consume ‘Made in India’ products, PM Modi said that it would improve the rural economy and give a boost to the MSME sector.
‘Yes’ to digital payments, ‘no’ to cash:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again urged the countrymen to use digital modes of payments. The PM urged people to make it their motto.
Soon after concluding his address, the Prime Minister met and interacted with the children who had gathered at the Red Fort. Dressed in the colours of the National Flag, the students were enthused to meet the Prime Minister.
Several Union Ministers, leaders and other delegates were present during the Prime Minister’s address.
Jal Jeevan Mission:
Expressing concern about the water crisis, the Prime Minister said it was unfortunate that so many people lack access to water even 70 years after Independence. “Work on the Jal Jeevan Mission will progress with great vigour in the years to come. Rs 3.5 lakh crore will used for this mission”, he said. The PM said that people from all sections of society must focus on water conservation and make it a mass movement.