Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered his fifth Independence Day speech from the ramparts of Red Fort.
PM Modi highlighted his government’s achievements over the last four years and spoke about various initiatives taken by his government – Digital India, Swachh Bharat and the nation-wide implementation of GST, among others.
Here are the excerpts from his Independence Day speech:
1: PM Narendra Modi thanked taxpayers
Every honest taxpayer is helping three poor families get enough food.
Taxpayers have almost doubled as compared to 2013. In 2013, there were 3 crore taxpayers and now there are close to 7.25 people paying direct taxes… There is no broker in the power corridors of Delhi now. Three lakh shell companies have been shut down,
2: Triple talaq and justice for women
The practice of triple talaq has caused great injustice among Muslim women. We are trying to end this practice but there are some people who are not wanting it to end. I ensure the Muslim women that I will work to ensure justice is done to them.
We have to free our country from this mentality of rape. In Madhya Pradesh, rapists were given death penalty within 5 days. We should make people more aware.
3: Manned mission to space by 2022
The prime minister said that India will send an Indian astronaut, be it a man or a woman, by 2022 on board 'Gaganyaan'. The prime minister said that Indian scientists are working towards sending an Indian astronaut to space before India celebrates its 75th year of Independence in 2022. "If possible even before, an Indian son or daughter will undertake a manned space mission on board 'Gaganyaan' carrying the national flag," he said.
The prime minister also lauded India's achievements in space travel such as the Chandrayaan-1, India's first lunar probe which was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation in October 2008 and operated until August 2009, and the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called Mangalyaan, which a space probe orbiting Mars since 24 September, 2014.
4: Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan (Ayushman Bharat)
PM Modi announced that India’s mega health scheme Ayushman Bharat, now repackaged as Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan, will be rolled out on September 25, the birth anniversary of Deendayal Upadhyaya. “The scheme will provide a cover of Rs 5 lakh per year to 50 crore individuals across income groups. However wealthy the family may be, a perennial illness dents financial stability of the family forever. In order to prevent that from happening, we will be holding experiments in this sector for the next 6-7 weeks after which we will officially roll out the scheme,” said Modi.
5: Women safety and women empowerment
Modi said that rape must disturb us and he pushed for hanging rapists. "We need to overpower the forces that hinder the growth of women," he said.
"Rape of women is painful. But the pain a woman who is raped undergoes, we should feel much more pained," he said.
"We have to free our society and country from this disgusting mentality of rape. Recently in Madhya Pradesh, a rapist was hanged by a fast-track court. We should spread this news and make people aware. Rule of law is supreme, no one can take law into their hands," PM Modi said.
Women officers commissioned in short service (SSC) will get the opportunity for the permanent commission like men.