Udayavni Special

India fighting challenges of terrorism, expansionism: PM in Independence Day address


PTI, Aug 15, 2021, 9:47 AM IST

New Delhi: India is fighting the challenges of terrorism and expansionism and is dealing with them with great courage, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday in his Independence Day address to the nation. In these Covid times, the country is receiving its highest foreign investment and its forex reserves are at an all-time high, the prime minister said. ”As we celebrate 75 years of Independence, we have to ensure India becomes self-reliant in energy production,” Modi told the nation from the Red Fort. He announced the setting up of a National Hydrogen Mission to make India the new global hub of green hydrogen and its largest exporter.

”I have faith in our youth; this is a ‘can do generation’, it can achieve every goal,” he said. Describing the New Education Policy as a means to fight poverty, he said it will focus on encouraging teaching in regional languages. The government has decided to open all Sainik schools to girls, the prime minister said. ”I call upon all departments to launch a campaign to review rules and procedures; we must remove all rules that create hindrance,” he asserted. The prime minister, who hoisted the tricolor before his speech, announced a Rs 100 lakh crore ‘Gatishakti’ initiative to bring youth employment opportunities and help in holistic infrastructure growth.

India will launch the ‘Pradhan Mantri Gatishakti National Master Plan’, he said. Gatishakti, Modi explained, will help local manufacturers turn globally competitive and also develop possibilities of new future economic zones. The prime minister said that India imported mobile phones worth USD 8 billion seven years ago and is now exporting USD 3 billion worth of mobile phones. Along with modern infrastructure, India needs to adopt a holistic approach in infrastructure construction, the prime minister stressed in his address. ”We will have to work together for manufacturing world-class products, using cutting-edge innovation and new-age technology,” he told the nation.

The government’s focus is to make small farmers, who own less than two hectares of land and comprise over 80 percent of all farmers, the country’s pride, Modi added. Rice provided under any scheme will be fortified by 2024, the prime minister announced. ”We are witnessing the rapid transformation of our villages,” Modi said while stressing that digital entrepreneurs are being nurtured in villages too. In 75 weeks of the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, 75 ‘Vande Bharat’ trains will connect different parts of the country, the prime minister announced. The prime minister said the capitals of northeast states will soon be connected with the railways. The region, he said, is also getting connected with Bangladesh, Myanmar and southeast Asia.

The development of Jammu and Kashmir is visible on the ground, Modi said, adding that the delimitation exercise is on and preparations are underway for assembly polls there. Reservation is being ensured for Dalits, STs, backward and general category poor, he added in his speech and emphasised that the hand-holding of deprived communities is necessary. ”We have to bridge the gap between lives in villages and cities,” the prime minister said. Over 4.5 crore new households have received piped water supply within two years of ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’, he said.
The prime minister gave a call for ‘Sabka Prayas’ along with ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’ for building a new India. India has to march ahead with new pledges for the next 25 years, Modi said. ”We have to ensure we meet our goal of building Aatmanirbhar Bharat when we celebrate 100 years of India’s Independence,” the prime minister said. Modi stressed that the day should not be merely a ceremony. People can take pride that the world’s largest Covid vaccination programme is going on in the country.

He lauded doctors, nurses as well those involved in vaccine manufacturing and others involved in fighting COVID-19.

The pain of partition was one of the greatest tragedies of the last century, the prime minister said while asserting that August 14 will be remembered as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day. He also lauded India’s Olympic contingent, which was present at the Red Fort, and said their performance encouraged the youth of the country.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Court grants bail to former Mumbai airport MD G V Sanjay Reddy in `money-laundering’ case

Schools in Kerala to re-open in staggered manner from November 1, says CM

Air pollution one of the biggest environmental threats to human health: WHO

BJP govt in K’taka passed bill to protect temples from demolition: CT Ravi

CBI defends in HC lower court’s order refusing bail to Rana Kapoor’s wife, daughters

Bangalore rises up global startup ecosystem ranks, Delhi and Mumbai follow

Pak claims threatening email was sent to New Zealand cricket team from India

Related Articles More

Not practical to have specific teacher-pupil ratio of spl educators in gen schools: SC told

Court grants bail to former Mumbai airport MD G V Sanjay Reddy in `money-laundering’ case

Schools in Kerala to re-open in staggered manner from November 1, says CM

Air pollution one of the biggest environmental threats to human health: WHO

CBI defends in HC lower court’s order refusing bail to Rana Kapoor’s wife, daughters

MUST WATCH

Woman Denied Entry at Delhi Restaurant For Wearing Saree

Monkey came away from 22 kilometer

News Bulletin 22-09-2021

Dead fish found in pitrodi river

ANANT NAG TALKS ABOUT ACTING IN CINEMA


Latest Additions

Not practical to have specific teacher-pupil ratio of spl educators in gen schools: SC told

Court grants bail to former Mumbai airport MD G V Sanjay Reddy in `money-laundering’ case

Schools in Kerala to re-open in staggered manner from November 1, says CM

Air pollution one of the biggest environmental threats to human health: WHO

BJP govt in K’taka passed bill to protect temples from demolition: CT Ravi

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.