I extend warm greetings and best wishes on the 73rd Independence Day and on the auspicious festival of Raksha Bandhan to all the countrymen, brothers and sisters.
As the country is celebrating the festival of Independence, people in several parts of the country are facing difficulties due to floods. Centre, States and other organizations are striving hard to bring the situation back to normal.
To revoke Article 370 and 35A within 10 weeks of the formation of the new Government is a significant step towards fulfilling the dream of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. The task that was not done in the last 70 years has been accomplished within 70 days. The abrogation of Article 370 and 35A was passed in both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha by two-thirds majority.
If we can abolish Sati system, make stringent laws against female foeticide and take action against child marriage and dowry, we can also raise our voice against Triple Talaq.
Similarly, we have enacted law against Triple Talaq to protect the rights of our Muslim women.
Radical amendments were made in laws relating to terrorism and were made more stringent and powerful.
In a significant step, transfer of about Rs. 90,000 crores to farmers’ bank accounts is in progress to those who are beneficiaries of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana. Pension scheme to farmers and small entrepreneurs has been put in place which was never imagined earlier.
To address challenges of water crisis, a new dedicated Ministry of Jal Shakti has been created. In coming days, Centre and States will together take forward the Jal-Jeevan Mission and an amount of more than Rs. 3.5 lakh crores has been earmarked for this.
There is a pressing need for doctors, health facilities and systems in the country. In order to make Medial Education transparent, important laws have been enacted.
The country has enacted strong laws for protection of children.
While 2014-2019 was an era of fulfillment of needs, the period beyond 2019 is that of fulfillment of aspirations and dreams.
It is our responsibility that the aspirations of the citizens of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh are fulfilled and dalits living there should get equal rights as enjoyed by the rest of the dalits in the country. Similarly, communities like Gujjars, Bakarwals, Gaddis, Sippies or Balties should get political rights. After partition, lakhs of people got displaced and settled in Jammu & Kashmir were devoid of basic human rights and citizenship rights.
J&K and Ladakh can become role models of peace and prosperity and contribute significantly towards India’s development. The state can greatly contribute to India’s development. Today every Indian can proudly say ‘One Nation, One Constitution’.
GST achieved the dream of ‘One Nation, One tax’. We successfully attained ‘One Nation, One Grid’ in the power sector. We also developed ‘One Nation, One Mobility Card’ system and today there is a discussion in the country for ‘One Nation, One Poll’ and it should happen in a democratic manner.
Population explosion can create new problems specially for the future generations. But there is also an enlightened section of society which is aware of this challenge. We have to ponder on this issue taking along all the sections of the society.
Corruption and nepotism have harmed the country beyond imagination. We have taken several steps driven by technology to fight this menace.
Ease of living is the necessity of independent India. We should build an eco-system in which there should be less Government interference in daily life.
The country can no longer wait for incremental progress but should strive for giant strides.
For development of modern infrastructure, an amount of Rs. 100 lakh crore has been earmarked for this period which will create new job opportunities besides improving the living standards.
India dreams of a 5 Trillion Dollar Economy. In the 70 years of independence, the country became a 2 Trillion Dollar Economy but in the last 5 years, we have made it a 3 Trillion Dollar Economy and at this pace, we can become a 5 Trillion Dollar Economy.
By 75th year of independence, farmers’ income should double, every poor should get a pucca house, every family should get electricity connection and every village should have optical fibre network and broadband connectivity besides facility of long distance education.
We have to lay stress on Blue Economy (Ocean resources). Our farmers should become exporters and every district of the country should be an export hub. Value added goods from every district should reach global markets.
As a Tourist Destination, India can become a wonder in the world. All Indians should promote tourism, because tourism sector provides more jobs with less investments and also strengthens economy.
A stable government provides for policy predictability and a stable system creates international trust. The world is looking at India with admiration for its political stability.
It is a matter of pride for India that we are progressing at a high growth rate with price rise under control.
The fundamentals of our economy are very strong and reforms like GST & IBC have created a new faith in the system. Our investors should invest more, earn more and generate more jobs. We should stop viewing our Wealth Creators with suspicion: they deserve greater respect. Greater wealth creation will lead to greater distribution and help in the welfare of poor people.
India is strongly fighting against the forces spreading terrorism. India in league with other nations of the world will expose those harbouring, promoting and exporting terrorism. To abolish the menace of terrorism, our security forces and security agencies have played an exemplary role and I salute them.
India’s neighbours – Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka are suffering from terrorism. Our good friend in the neighborhood – Afghanistan is going to celebrate its 100th independence day in four days to come. From the ramparts of the Red Fort, I give my greetings to the people of Afghanistan who are marking 100 years of freedom.
I had flagged the issue of Swachhata from the ramparts of Red Fort in 2014 and a few weeks from now on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd October, India will become an open defecation free nation.
Our country has been debating for long about reforms in Armed Forces and many commissions and their reports underline the same. To further sharpen coordination between the forces, India will have Chief of Defence Staff, CDS which will make the forces even more effective.
I wish the countrymen to pledge to make India free from single use plastic by 2nd October. For this every citizen, municipalities and gram panchayats should come together.
Our priority should be a ‘Made in India’ product. For a better tomorrow, can we think of consuming local products and also help improve rural economy and the MSME sector.
Our digital payment platforms are evolving strong. We should lay stress on digital payments for our village shops, small outlets and smaller city malls.
We are spoiling health of soil by use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. When Gandhiji has already shown us the path, can’t we reduce by 10%, 20% or 25% use of chemical fertilizers. I am sure our farmers will oblige my wish.
Indian professional are recognized globally. Our scientists have proved their mettle in Chandrayaan which is reaching the uncharted territory of the moon.
In the coming days, 1.5 lakh wellness centers will be created at villages. One medical college in the midst of three Lok Sabha constituencies, housing for two crore poor people, drinking water supply in 15 crore rural households and 1.25 lakh km roads in rural areas, besides connecting every village with broadband and optical fiber network are some of the targets to be achieved. More than 50,000 new start ups are also being planned.
Indian constitution is completing 70 years, the dream of Baba Saheb Ambedkar and this year is also important for the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji. Let us move forward by imbibing the teachings of Baba Saheb and Guru Nanak Dev for a better society and a better country.
Some glimpses from the Independence Day celebrations in Delhi this morning. pic.twitter.com/nUMgn1JJHg— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 15, 2019
हम समस्याओं को टालते भी नहीं हैं, ना ही समस्याओं को पालते हैं।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 15, 2019
आर्टिकल 370 और 35(A) से महिलाओं, बच्चों और एससी-एसटी समुदाय के साथ अन्याय हो रहा था।
इसलिए जो काम पिछले 70 वर्षों में नहीं किया जा सका, उसे नई सरकार बनने के 70 दिनों में पूरा कर दिया गया। #स्वतंत्रतादिवस pic.twitter.com/4aSkjP15gD
आज जो लोग आर्टिकल 370 का समर्थन कर रहे हैं, उनके पास प्रचंड बहुमत रहा था, लेकिन उन्होंने इस आर्टिकल को स्थायी नहीं बनाया। क्यों? उन्हें इस बात का जवाब देना चाहिए। #स्वतंत्रतादिवस pic.twitter.com/UiygJoYpRV— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 15, 2019
Population explosion is a subject our nation must discuss as widely as possible. We owe this to the future generations... pic.twitter.com/SWkne1uvwG— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 15, 2019
Our forces are courageous and always prepared to give a befitting answer to those who disturb tranquility in the nation.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 15, 2019
To further improve coordination and preparedness, India will now have a Chief of Defence Staff. pic.twitter.com/IULeoV3Zv6
The Prime Minister begins his address from the ramparts of the Red Fort by conveying Independence Day greetings.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
PM also conveys wishes on Raksha Bandhan.
Today, when we are marking Independence Day, many of our citizens are suffering due to floods in various parts of the nation.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
We stand in complete solidarity with those affected by the floods and I assure that all possible support that is needed will be provided to them: PM
I bow to all those great women and men who devoted their lives so that India becomes free: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
It has been under ten weeks since the new Government was formed but several pathbreaking decisions have been taken.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
This includes decisions for Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, the end of Triple Talaq, steps for the welfare of farmers and traders: PM @narendramodi
India understands the important of water conservation and thus, a new ministry for Jal Shakti has been created.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
Steps have been taken to make the medical sector even more people friendly: PM @narendramodi
This is the time to think about the India of the 21st century and how the dreams of the people will be fulfilled: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
अगर 2014 से 2019 आवश्यकताओं की पूरी का दौर था तो 2019 के बाद का कालखंड देशवासियों की आकांक्षाओं की पूर्ति का कालखंड है, उनके सपनों को पूरा करने का कालखंड है: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
‘सबका साथ, सबका विकास’ का मंत्र लेकर हम चले थे लेकिन 5 साल में ही देशवासियों ने ‘सबका विश्वास’ के रंग से पूरे माहौल को रंग दिया: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
We have to think about solutions to the problems people face.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
Yes, there will be obstacles on the way but we have to work to overcome them.
Remember how scared the Muslim women were, who suffered due to Triple Talaq but we ended the practice: PM @narendramodi
समस्यों का जब समाधान होता है तो स्वावलंबन का भाव पैदा होता है, समाधान से स्वालंबन की ओर गति बढ़ती है। जब स्वावलंबन होता है तो अपने आप स्वाभिमान उजागर होता है और स्वाभिमान का सामर्थ्य बहुत होता है: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
We do not believe in creating problems or prolonging them.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
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: PM @narendramodi
The old arrangement in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh encouraged corruption, nepotism but there was injustice when it came to rights of women, children, Dalits, tribal communities. The dreams of sanitation workers were incomplete. How can we accept such a situation: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
Five years ago, people always thought- ‘क्या देश बदलेगा’ or ‘क्या बदलाव हो सकता है’?— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
Now, the people say- “हां, मेरा देश बदल सकता है: PM @narendramodi
Those who supported Article 370, India is asking them:— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
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: PM @narendramodi
One Nation, One Constitution- this spirit has become a reality and India is proud of that: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
GST brought to life the dream of One Nation, One Tax.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
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: PM @narendramodi
जम्मू-कश्मीर और लद्दाख सुख समृद्धि और शांति के लिए भारत के लिए प्रेरक बन सकता है और भारत की विकास यात्रा में बहुत बड़ा प्रेरक बन सकता है: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
जो लोग इसकी वकालत करते हैं उनसे देश पूछता है अगर ये धारा इतनी महत्वपूर्ण थी तो 70 साल तक इतना भारी बहुमत होने के बाद भी आप लोगों ने उसे permanent क्यों नहीं किया: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
In the last 70 years, every Government at the Centre and the various States, irrespective of which party they belonged to, have worked for the welfare of the people: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
It is unfortunate, however, that so many people lack access to water even 70 years after Independence.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
Work on the Jal Jeevan Mission will progress with great vigour in the years to come: PM @narendramodi
देश को नई ऊंचाइयों को पार करना है, विश्व में अपना स्थान बनाना है और हमें अपने घर में ही गरीबी से मुक्ति पर बल देना है और ये किसी पर उपकार नहीं है: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
भारत के उज्ज्वल भविष्य के लिए हमें गरीबी से मुक्त होना ही है और पिछले 5 वर्षों में गरीबी कम करने की दिशा में, गरीबीं को गरीबी से बाहर लाने की दिशा में बहुत सफल प्रयास हुए हैं: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
The movement towards water conservation has to take place at the grassroots level. It cannot become a mere Government programme. People from all walks of life have to be integrated in this movement: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
There is one issue I want to highlight today- population explosion.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
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: PM @narendramodi
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: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
I always ask- can we not remove 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: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
India does not want incremental progress. A high jump is needed, our thought process has to be expanded. We have to keep in mind global best practices and build good systems: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
आज देश में 21वीं सदी की आवश्यकता के मुताबिक आधुनिक इंफ्रास्ट्रक्चर का निर्माण हो रहा है। देश के इंफ्रास्ट्रक्चर पर 100 लाख करोड़ रुपए का निवेश करने का फैसला किया गया है: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
People's thinking has changed.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
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 is a good airport coming: PM
Earlier the aspiration was to have a good mobile phone but now, people aspire better data speed.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
Times are changing and we have to accept that: PM @narendramodi
Time has come to think about how we can boost exports. Each district of India has so much to offer.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
Let us make local products attractive.
May more export hubs emerge.
Our guiding principle is Zero Defect, Zero Effect: PM @narendramodi
Today, the Government in India is stable, policy regime is predictable...the world is eager to explore trade with India.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
We are working to keep prices under check and increase development.
The fundamentals of our economy are strong: PM @narendramodi
हमारी अर्थव्यवस्था के fundamentals बहुत मजबूत हैं और ये मजबूती हमें आगे ले जाने का भरोसा दिलाती है: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
Wealth creation is a great national service.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
Let us never see wealth creators with suspicion.
Only when wealth is created, wealth will be distributed.
Wealth creation is absolutely essential. Those who create wealth are India's wealth and we respect them: PM @narendramodi
From the ramparts of the Red Fort, I give my greetings to the people of Afghanistan who are marking 100 years of freedom: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
Our forces are India's pride.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
To further sharpen coordination between the forces, I want to announce 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: PM @narendramodi
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: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
Our priority should be a 'Made in India' product.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
Can we think of consuming local products, improving rural economy and the MSME sector: PM @narendramodi
“डिजिटल पेमेंट को हां, नकद को ना”...— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
Can we make this our motto.
Let us further the use of digital payments all over the nation: PM @narendramodi
India has much to offer.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
I know people travel abroad for holidays but can we think of visiting at least 15 tourist destinations across India before 2022, when we mark 75 years of freedom: PM @narendramodi
हम जानते हैं कि हमारे लक्ष्य हिमालय जितने ऊंचे हैं,— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
हमारे सपने अनगिनत-असंख्य तारों से भी ज्यादा हैं,
हमारा सामर्थ्य हिन्द महासागर जितना अथाह है,— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2019
हमारी कोशिशें गंगा की धारा जितनी पवित्र हैं, निरंतर हैं।
और सबसे बड़ी बात,
हमारे मूल्यों के पीछे हजारों वर्ष पुरानी संस्कृति की प्रेरणा है: PM @narendramodi