Prime Minister Modi speaking from Red Fort on Independence Day
Addressing the nation on India’s 68th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narender Modi departed from tradition and spoke extempore on what his vision for India is. Here are the top highlights of what he said:
There are two tracks in the country to move forward, good governance and development. We can progress only on these tracks.
Crores of families have mobile phones but not a bank account. We have to change this situation.
Those in Government service are not doing a job but a service, this feeling is to be renewed.
Who so ever will open an account under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana will be provided with a debit card and insurance worth Rs. One lakh. We want to link poor people of the country with a bank account facility through Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.
Our country is the youngest nation of the world. Skill development is our mission for development of the country.
I want to develop such youth who are job creators. If we wish to provide maximum employment to youth we will have to promote manufacturing sector.
I bow to all freedom fighters who sacrificed and dedicated their lives for country’s independence.
Independence Day is an occasion to take a pledge for the welfare of all those who are down trodden, poor, exploited and oppressed and to do something for them.
Every action should be tested on the yardstick of national interest. If we resolve to live a life like that, the festival of Independence may become an inspiration to take India to new heights.
This country has been built not by the rulers but by farmers, workers, mothers and sisters, youth, sages and saints, teachers, scientists and social workers.
Let us move together, think together, resolve together and unitedly take the country forward.125 crore countrymen have taken the country forward with this credo.
We are not among those who function on the strength of majority. We want to move forward on a strong base of consensus.
The machine called Government or establishment is to be made sharper and swifter for fulfilling aspirations of the people. Right from a peon to the Cabinet Secretary everybody is capable. Everybody has power and experience. I want to harness their power and use it to speed up national welfare. I will certainly do it.
Even after independence we sometime face poison of casteism or communalism. How long will it continue and who is going to benefit from it? I appeal to youth of the country that the poison of casteism, communalism or sectarianism is a hindrance to country’s progress. Think and try a ten years moratorium to get a society free of all these tensions.
In Commonwealth games our 64 sports persons won medals. These include 29 women. Let us be proud of these daughters.