PM’s address to Nation on the occasion of 75th Independence Day

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  • India celebrated 75th Independence Day
  • Prime Minister unfurled the National Flag
  • Prime Minister spoke on goal for AMRIT KAL
  • PM on “Partition Horrors Remembrance Day”

Delhi: August 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the national flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort to celebrate the country’s 75th Independence Day on Sunday.

Expressing his wishes, PM said, ‘Best wishes to all of you and those who love India and democracy from all over the world on the occasion of the Amrit Mahotsav of freedom, the 75th Independence Day’.

PM on “Partition Horrors Remembrance Day”:

While we celebrate our freedom today, we cannot forget the pain of partition that still pierces through the heart of all Indians.

This has been one of the biggest tragedies of the last century. After attaining freedom, these people were forgotten  too soon.

Just yesterday India has taken an emotional decision in their memory. We will henceforth commemorate August 14 as “Partition Horrors Remembrance Day” in the memory of all the victims of partition.

Those who were subjected to inhuman circumstances, suffered torturous treatment, they could not even receive a dignified cremation.

They must all remain alive and never get erased from our memories. The decision of celebrating “Partition Horrors Remembrance Day” on the 75th Independence Day is a befitting tribute from every Indian to them’.

PM on Fight Against Corona:

For the country moving on the path of progress and humanity in the entire world, the Corona period came as a major challenge.

Indians fought this fight with great grit and patience. We had many challenges. Countrymen performed extraordinarily in every field.

It is due to the power of our entrepreneurs and scientists that the country is not dependent on anyone or any country for vaccines.

Imagine for a moment, if we did not have the vaccine. How long did it take to get polio vaccine?

It was extremely difficult to get vaccines during such a major crisis, with pandemic plaguing the entire world.

India might or might not have received it and even if it had received the vaccine there was no certainty of getting that in time. But today we can proudly say that the world’s largest vaccination programme is being run in our country.

More than 54 crore people have received the vaccine dose. Online systems like Cowin and digital certificates are attracting the world today.

The way India has kept the stoves burning in the poor households by providing free food grains to 80 crore countrymen continuously for months during the pandemic is not only astonishing to the world but also a matter of discussion.

It is true that fewer people have been infected in India as compared to other countries; it is also true that in comparison to the population of other countries of the world, we managed to save more citizens in India but it is not something to be proud of!

We cannot rest on these laurels. To say that there was no challenge, will become a restrictive thought in the path of our own development.

Our systems are insufficient compared to that of the rich countries of the world, we do not have what the rich countries have. Moreover, we also have a greater population compared to the other countries of the world.

And our lifestyle is also different. Despite all our efforts, we could not  save many people. So many children have been orphaned. This unbearable pain is going to remain forever.

PM on Goal of AMRIT KAAL:

There comes a time in the development journey of every country when the country redefines itself afresh and pushes forward with new resolutions. Today that time has arrived in the development journey of India.

We should not limit the occasion of 75 years of Indian independence to just one ceremony. We must lay the groundwork for new resolutions and move forward with new resolutions.

Starting from here, the entire journey of the next 25 years, when we celebrate the centenary of Indian independence, marks the Amrit period of creation of a new India.

The fulfillment of our resolutions in this Amrit period will take us to the hundredth anniversary of Indian independence with  pride.

The goal of ‘Amrit Kaal’  is to ascend to new heights of prosperity for India and the citizens of India.

The goal of ‘Amrit Kaal’ is to create an India where the level of facilities is not dividing the village and the city.

The goal of ‘Amrit Kaal’ is to build an India where the government does not interfere unnecessarily in the lives of citizens. The goal of ‘Amrit Kaal’ is to build an India where there is world’s every modern infrastructure.

We should not be lesser than anyone. This is the resolve of the crores of countrymen. But the resolve remains incomplete until it is not accompanied by the extreme hard work and courage.

Therefore, we have to realize all our resolutions with hard work and courage, and these dreams and resolutions are also for effective contribution to a safe and prosperous world beyond our borders.

Amrit Kaal is of  25 years. But we don’t have to wait for long to achieve our goals. We have to start now.

We don’t have a moment to lose. This is the right time. Our country also has to change and we as citizens have to change ourselves too.

We also have to adapt ourselves to the changing era. We have started with the spirit of ‘SabkaSaath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’.

Today I am requesting from the ramparts of the Red Fort that ‘SabkaSaath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’ and now ‘SabkaPrayas’  are very important for the achievement of our goals.

Crores of people are getting the benefits of many schemes started in the last seven years.

Every poor of the country knows the importance of Ujjwala to Ayushman Bharat. Today the speed of government schemes has increased and they are achieving the desired goals.

We have progressed much faster than before. But it does not end here. We have to achieve saturation.

All the villages should have roads, all the households should have bank accounts, all the beneficiaries should have Ayushman Bharat cards and all the eligible persons should get the benefit of Ujjwala Yojana and should have gas connections.

We have to connect every entitled person with the government’s insurance, pension and housing schemes.

We have to move ahead with a mindset of cent percent achievement. Till now, no thought was given for our street vendors, who sell their goods on tracks, footpaths and carts.

All these colleagues are now being linked to the banking system through the SVANidhi scheme.

Just as we have made electricity accessible to 100% households, and have made authentic efforts to construct toilets in 100% households, similarly, we now have to move ahead with the goal of achieving saturation of schemes, and, for this, we do not have to keep a distant deadline. We have to make our resolutions come true within a few years.

Today, our country is working with speed on the Har Ghar Jal Mission. I am happy that in just two years of the Jal Jeevan Mission, more than four and a half crore families have started getting water from taps.

They have started getting water from pipes. Receiving the blessings from crores of mothers and sisters, is our true capital.

The biggest advantage of this 100 percent accomplishment rate is that no one remains deprived of the benefits of the government scheme.

When the government operates with a target to reach the person in the last line, only then there is no discrimination and there is no scope for corruption, PM said.

 

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