Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi in his address from the ramparts of Red Fort in New Delhi, on the occasion of 75th anniversary of Independence ‘Amrit Mahotsav’ said the country is bowing to all its freedom fighters and brave heroes who continue to sacrifice themselves in the defense of the nation. The country remembering the sacrifices of Bapu, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Chandrasekhar Azad, Bismil and Ashfaqulla Khan; Rani of Jhansi Lakshmibai, Queen Chennamma of Kittur or Rani Gaidinliu or the valour of Matangini Hazra in Assam; the country’s first Prime Minister Pandit Nehru ji, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who integrated the country into a united nation, and Baba Saheb Ambedkar, who determined and paved the way for the future direction of India. The country is indebted to all these great
Today is the time to bow down to the leaders of all these struggles, the warriors of centuries of struggle and they also deserve our reverence. Our doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, sanitation staff, scientists engaged in developing vaccines, millions of countrymen engaged with the spirit of service during this Corona global pandemic also deserve praise from all of us.
The Prime Minister said, “I appeal to all the countrymen, those who are present here and all those who are present in this ceremony, let us show our respect to the sports of India, youth of India and honour the young Indians who bring laurels to the nation.
Partition has been one of the biggest tragedies of the last century. Just yesterday, India took 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. The decision of celebrating “Partition Horrors Remembrance Day” on the 75th Independence Day is a befitting tribute from every Indian to them.
He emphasised that there comes a time when every country redefines itself. 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. The goal of ‘Amrit Kaal’ is to ascend to new heights of prosperity; to create an India where the level of facilities is not dividing the village and the city; to build an India where the government does not interfere in the lives of citizens; and to build an India where there is world’s every modern infrastructure.
Amrit Kaal is of 25 years. We have to start now. We don’t have a moment to lose. We have to adapt ourselves to the changing era. We have started with the spirit of ‘SabkaSaath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’. He said today he requests from the ramparts of the Red Fort that ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’ and now ‘Sabka Prayas’ are very important for the achievement of our goals. Every poor knows the importance of Ujjwala to Ayushman Bharat. Today the speed of government schemes has increased and they are achieving the desired goals.
Just as we made electricity accessible to 100% households, and made efforts to construct toilets in 100% households, similarly, we now have to achieve saturation of schemes. 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. Providing nutrition to every poor person of the country is also a priority The government will give rice fortified with nutrition to the poor by the year 2024. Simultaneously, there has been a substantial increase in the number of medical seats in the country. Under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, quality health services are being provided to every village in the country. Affordable medicines are being made available to the poor and middle class through Jan Aushadhi Yojana. Very soon thousands of hospitals in the country will also have their own oxygen plants.
During these 75 weeks of the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence, 75 Vande Bharat trains will connect every corner of the country. The pace at which new airports are being built in the country and the UDAN scheme connecting remote areas is unprecedented. We can see how better air connectivity gives new flights to people’s dreams.
In the 21st century, no obstacle can stop us from fulfilling the dreams and aspirations of India. Our strength is our vitality, our strength is our solidarity, our vitality is the spirit of nation first – always first. This is the time for shared dreams, this is the time for shared resolve, this is the time for shared efforts… and this is the time to move towards victory.