Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the auspicious occasion of 75th Independence Day said it is essential to fully utilise the country’s capabilities to take it to new heights in the 21st century, addressing India the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort in Delhi.
He added, “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayaas is very important for the achievement of all our goals.” “Now we have to move towards making 100 per cent efforts. We have to make sure that 100 per cent of villages have roads, 100 per cent of households have a bank account, 100 per cent of beneficiaries should have Ayushman Bharat cards and 100 per cent of eligible people should have a gas connection under the Ujjwala scheme,”
He also added, “A time comes in the development journey of every country when that nation defines itself from a new end when it takes itself forward with new resolutions. Today, that time has come in India’s development journey,” PM Modi said in his address to the nation. “For this, we have to hold hands of the section that is lagging, the area that is lagging,”
“Pride made in India”
“That’s why I tell the manufacturers that your every product is the brand ambassador of India. As long as that product is in use, the buyer will say – yes it is made in India,” the Prime Minister said.
“All the manufacturers of the country also have to understand that the product you send out is not just a product made in your company. India’s identity is associated with it, prestige is attached, trust of many people of India is attached,” he added.
Small farmers, villages
In the coming years, we will have to increase the collective power of the country’s small farmers. “We have to give them new facilities. They must become the country’s pride,” he said.
“More than 80 per cent of the country’s farmers have less than 2 hectares of land. In the earlier policies that were made in the country, the focus on these small farmers was left. Now decisions are being taken keeping these small farmers in mind,” he said.
Olympians, freedom fighters
PM Modi began his speech by praising India’s athletes who took part in the Tokyo Olympics, freedom fighters, and those who helped the country fight against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) after he unfurled the national flag. “I would like to begin by conveying greetings on this special occasion of Independence Day. This is a day to remember our great freedom fighters,” PM Modi said. “The athletes who have made us proud at Tokyo Olympics are here amongst us today. I urge the nation to applaud their achievement today. They have not only won our hearts but also inspired future generations,” PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister paid tribute to all the leaders who fought for India’s Independence. “Be it Nehru Ji, the first prime minister of India, Sardar Patel, who turned the country into a united nation, or Babasaheb Ambedkar, who showed India the way to the future, the country is remembering every such personality, the country is indebted to all of them”.
PM Modi inspected the customary guard of honour at the Red Fort before hoisting the flag. He was then greeted by defence minister Rajnath Singh, chief of defence staff General Bipin Rawat, army chief General MM Naravane, navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh and IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria.