Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the iconic Red Fort on the occasion of 75th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 August chalked out plans to pave the way for country’s rapid development in the coming years. Modi started his over 90-minute speech by paying tributes to nation’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel and Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar and said that the country will always be indebted to them. Modi gave a call for ‘Sabka Prayas’ (everyone’s efforts) along with ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’ for building a self-reliant India. Modi greeted the Olympians who have just returned from Tokyo Olympics and applauded their achievements.
Referring to the continuous battle against Covid-19, Modi expressed grief and offered his condolences to the families of those who lost their dear ones due to the disease, and lauded the untiring efforts of the Covid-19 warriors. He hailed the scientists while underlining that India was carrying out world’s largest vaccination program.
Modi said the government will soon roll out a Rs 100 lakh crore ‘Gati Shakti’ infrastructure plan that will provide jobs to lakhs of people and transform the country.
“In the coming days, we will launch the PM Gati Shakti Plan, a Rs 100 lakh crore national infrastructure master plan which will set a foundation for holistic infrastructure and give an integrated pathway to our economy,” Modi said.
“We will have to work together to manufacture world-class products, using cutting-edge innovation and new age technology,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister highlighted that the world was witness to India’s reforms and “a new chapter of governance”. “Political will is required to bring in big changes, big reforms. Today, the world can see that there is no dearth of political will in India. Good and smart governance is needed to bring reforms,” he said.
Modi said the next 25 years were ‘Amrit Kaal’ for India and its citizens and it would be the priority of the government to ensure that essential services reach the last person seamlessly.
“The purpose of Amrit Kaal is to better the lives of citizens, lessen the development divide between villages and cities, reduce government interference in people’s lives, and have the latest technology so that we are not behind any country in the world,” Modi said.
“Our priority will be to ensure that the services reach the last person seamlessly. For the all-round development of the nation, it is essential to end the unnecessary interference of govt and government procedures in the lives of people,” Modi said.