On the 75th Independence Day Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for “100%” for growth, which is being set apart as the “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” with two-yead-long celebrations.
“Now we have to move towards saturation. 100% villages have roads, 100% households have bank accounts, 100% beneficiaries have Ayushman Bharat cards, 100% eligible persons have Ujjwala gas connections,” said PM Modi in his address.
He also said that the government will launch a Gati Shakti i.e., a ₹ 100 crore infrastructure plan – soon to support production and employment. “All manufacturers should target global market. India should become the hub of global market,” he further said.
Sainik Schools will be opened girls and 75 Vande Bharat trains will connect each edge of the country in 75 weeks of the Amrit Festival of Independence, the prime minister said. In future, August 14 will be seen as “Partition Horrors Remembrance Day”, he said.
He additionally announced goals to present fortified rice for the poor under various government policies and a National Hydrogen Mission taking into account environmental change. “We have to make India a hub for production and export of Green Hydrogen,” he said.
In his address the prime minister also paid tribute to all the freedom fighters who fought long and hard battle for Independence. “Be it Nehru-ji, the first Prime Minister of India, Sardar Patel, who turned the country into a united nation or Babasaheb Ambedkar, who showed India the way to the future, the country is indebted to all of them,” he said.
PM Modi also praised the Olympians present at the celebration, saying “I urge the nation to applaud their achievement today. They have not only won our hearts but also inspired future generations”. 32 athletes including those who won the medals in the Olympics were invited in the Independence celebration at the iconic Red Fort.
“54 crore people have got vaccine doses… Despite all the efforts, we have not been able to save many people. Many children lost their parents,” said PM Modi mentioning the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and those who lost their lives due to the disease.
“In Jammu and Kashmir, the developments are seen on the ground… Be it the entire Himalayan region including our Eastern India, North East, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, our Coastal Belt or tribal areas, these will become the major basis for India’s development in future,” said PM Modi.
Earlier in the morning the Prime Minister also wished everyone tweeting, “Wishing you all a very Happy 75th Independence Day. May this year of ”Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” infuse new energy among the people of the country. Jai Hind!”.
For the straight second year, the Independence Day celebrations stayed quieted as the nation prepares for a potential third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The national capital was likewise under a tight security that included anti-drone defence systems in sensitive regions.