Highlights of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day Speech

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the Indian tricolour at the Red Fort and all eyes were on his speech, which also marks the last Independence day speech of this term.

PM Modi saluting the Indian flag

PM Modi began his speech by congratulating the six women officers of the Indian Navy who circumnavigated the globe recently on INSV Tarini. He added that our country has achieved new heights.

The Prime Minister said that in the recently concluded monsoon session of parliament, a bill has been passed to strengthened the OBC Commission.

PM Modi condoled the deaths of the people that lost lives due to floods in various parts of the country.

He said that the Constitution given to us by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar has spoken about justice for all. We have to ensure social justice for all and create an India that is developing rapidly.

He then targeted the UPA government. He said that if we had continued at the same pace at which toilets were being constructed in 2013, the pace at which electrification was happening in 2013, then it would have taken us decades to achieve what we have today.

The PM also talked about the MSP (Minimum Support Price). He said that it was his government that took a decision on MSP, the demand for which was pending for years.

Modi thanked the business community for making GST (Goods and Service Tax) a success. He added that the decision of OROP (One rank one pension) was also taken by his government, the demand for which was pending for years.

Modi said that our country was once seen as among the fragile five, now its a land of reform, perform and transform. He added that India’s voice is being heard effectively at the world stage. We are integral parts of forums whose doors were earlier closed for us.

Connecting to the North-East India, where BJP dismanted most parties, Modi said that there was a time when North East India used to feel that Delhi is very far from them, but today we have brought Delhi to the doorstep of the North East.

The Prime Minister said that we are excelling in research and are in the forefront of innovation. He added that by 2022 India will unfurl its tricolour in space.

He spoke about the many schemes that were launched. He said that due to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, lakhs of children can lead healthier lives. The schemes such as Ujjwala and Saubhagya Yojana are enhancing the dignity of fellow Indians. He added that with a “Beej Se Bazaar Tak” approach, we are bringing exceptional reforms in the agriculture sector. Our aim is to double farmer incomes by 2022.

PM Modi said that Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan will be launched on 25th September this year which will have a positive impact on 50 crore Indians.

Modi said that the honest Indian taxpayer has a big role in the progress of the country. It is due to them that so many people are fed, the lives of the poor are transformed. He also added that the corrupt who have stashed black money will not be spared.

Cracking down on the rapists,he said, “We have to free our society from the disgusting mentality of rape. He added that “Rule of law is supreme,no one can take law in their hands”.

On the issue of Triple Talaq, he promised the Muslim women that he would work to ensure justice is done to them. He said that we are striving to end this practice but there are some people who are not wanting it to end.

About women in judiciary and legislature PM Modi said,”I am proud of the fact that three women judges in Supreme Court are delivering justice. Since independence, this is the first cabinet where so many women are a part of the cabinet.”

On the issue of Kashmir, Modi said the problem can’t be solved with bullets or abuses but love. He said that Kashmir villages will soon have panchayat elections.

Modi said that Tripura, Meghalaya and many parts of Arunachal Pradesh are seeing historic peace. From 126, Left Wing Extremism is restricted to 90 districts. We are working to ensure peace across the nation.

Later, he went on to meet the children present at the Red Fort.

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