India will never bow before terrorism; division in name of caste, creed hurts the country, says PM Modi

DELHI: On the occasion of 70th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the nation from the Red fort saying, the government’s resolve is to turn ‘Swaraj’ (self-rule) into ‘Surajya’ (good rule).

PM Modi addresses nation on Independence day

“Today on this special day, I convey my greetings to 125 crore Indians and the Indian community living overseas. May this energy guide the nation to scale newer heights of progress in the years to come. We remember Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Pandit Nehru, countless people who sacrificed their lives so that we attained Swarajya,” Prime Minister Modi said.

Prime Minister Modi said India’s age is not 70 years, but the journey post colonial rule for a better India is 70-year old.

“From the Vedas to Vivekananda, we have a long history. India is an ancient country with a rich cultural heritage. It is because of our great freedom fighters who laid their live that we are independent,” he added.

“Yes, we face several problems. But we are capable to overcome them. The onus is on 125 crore people of India to convert this ‘Swaraj’ (self-rule) into ‘Surajya’ (good rule). We will fulfil the dream of ‘Ek Bharat, Sresth Bharat’,” he added.

A multi-layer security has also been thrown around Rajpath where a seven-day-long cultural festival ‘Bharat Parv’ is underway.

Special measures will be taken to meet “on-the-spot situations” such as the Prime Minister choosing to meet people at the venue as he previously did twice, officials said.

(With agency inputs)

08:54 AM
PM Modi interacting with the school children on the occasion of 70th Independence Day at Red Fort

08:51 AM
PM Modi on terrorism and violence

Our social unity is most important; division in the name of caste, creed hurts the country. Need to rise above all these issues.

‘Unity in Diversity’ is the whole essence of Indian culture. There is no place for violence and atrocities.

This country will never bend before terrorism.

Many innocents were killed in Peshawar terrorist attack (Pakistan), but there were tears in everyone’s eyes in Parliament.

People of Balochistan,Gilgit and PoK have thanked me a lot in past few days, I am grateful to them. This is the example of our humanitarian approach, but there are some countries who glorify terrorists

To the youth who have taken up gun, I urge them to return to their parents.

08:45 AM
We all know about coal scam. However, we auctioned coal online, without any corruption charges levelled against us due to transparency: PM Modi

08:45 AM
PM Modi on Economy and GST

Amidst global economic slow-down, Indian economy is growing.

Financial independence of Women and her participation is important to fight poverty.

GST will give strength to our economy and all parties are to be thanked for its passage.

GST is one such tax reform which will help us bring in financial stability.

We have worked to achieve “One nation, one grid and one price.”

08:23 AM
PM Modi says

We are trying to revive ‘post-offices’ in the country which is becoming irrelevant increasingly due to advent of technology

I have tried to adopt the strategy of ‘Reform, Perform and Transform’; tried to avoid populism

For us, image of the nation is more important than the image of the Government.

08:23 AM

08:09 AM
PM Modi on Inflation and Farmers

Due to drought situation in the last 2 years, government has faced challenges in terms of price rise.

Under the previous government, inflation had crossed 10 %. We did not let it rise above 6%.

We have brought inflation rate below 6 percent; I will continue to work to ensure food plate of poor is not affected by inflation.​

If farmers in my country get adequate water, they can turn ‘soil’ into ‘gold’. That’s why my government has given importance to save water. We have given impetus to ‘per drop, more crop’ initiative.

Sowing of pulses has increased 1.5 times this year, it will help solve problem of demand shortfall.

90 shut irrigation schemes will be revived; 77,000 solar pumps distributed to bring down input cost of farmers.

07:59 AM
PM Modi on Connectivity and Energy

We are working to bring in social change, over 70,000 villages are free from open-defecation, today.

Construction of rural roads increased to 100 kms a day from 70-75 km a day.

4 cr new LPG connections given in 60 weeks as against 14 crore connections given in past 60 years.

Laying of power transmission lines increased to 50,000 kms in a year from 30,000-35,000-km earlier. Electricity has reached 10,000 villages out of 18,000 unelectricified villages.

LED bulbs being sold at Rs 50 each against Rs 350 previously. We have distributed 13 crore bulbs and the target is 77 crore.

77 crore LED bulbs can save 20,000 MW of electricity worth Rs 1.25 lakh crore

Rs 20,000 crore saved through renegotiation of gas import deal with Qatar.

07:54 AM

March from self-governance to good-governance is a resolve of entire nation, it will need sacrifice.

There was a time when the govt was shrouded by allegations but now the government is surrounded by expectations.

There was a time when getting a passport was a tedious process and needed strong references.

We have changed this. Now one can avail passport in a week, have eased processes.

07:38 AM
PM Modi to nation

Yes, we face several problems. But we are capable to overcome them. We have lakhs of problems but we have crore of heads to solve them.

It is easy to keep account of the work done by the government, but it is difficult to have in-depth knowledge of those initiatives.

The onus is on 125 crore people of India to convert this ‘Swaraj’ into ‘Surajya’

Today, more than Karya, I want to talk about Karya Sanskriti on the Government.

Surajya, the meaning of this is – a qualitative and positive change in the lives of the citizen of India.

We want to change the situation where people are scared of income tax authorities, particularly among middle class families.

Today, in all the major government hospitals, online registration is available and medical records are also available online.

I want to change the lives of common people, I am committed to it.

07:33 AM
PM Modi greets nation from the Red Fort

Today on this special day, I convey my greetings to 125 crore Indians & the Indian community living overseas.

May this energy guide the nation to scale newer heights of progress in the years to come.

We remember Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Pandit Nehru, countless people who sacrificed their lives so that we attained Swarajya.

India’s age is not 70 years, but the journey post colonial rule for a better India is 70-year old.

07:23 AM
PM Narendra Modi unfurls the tricolour at the Red Fort

07:12 AM
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07:12 AM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rajghat, pays tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.