PM Modi’s 4th address from the Red Fort: The Highlights

Raj Kamal Rao

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the historic Red Fort on India’s 71st Independence Day.

The Prime Minister called on Indians to build a New India that is strong, secure and which will create equal opportunities. He asked everyone to make India a stronger nation.

During his hour-long speech the Prime Minister spoke about several issues including Triple Talaq.

PM appreciated the effort of women who put up a fight against Triple Talaq.

The PM discussed the key issues that concern the agriculture sector and said that Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojana has helped farmers a lot.

“Before 2019, we will complete 99 yojanas and we will complete the work of providing water to all our farmers.  We need infrastructure for that. This is why we encouraged FDIs,” said the prime minister.

India achieved record crop production despite natural calamities; production of pulses saw a record, and the government bought 16 lakh ton, ” he added.

PM stressed on digital payments to move towards less cash economy. He said there was 34 percent rise in digital payments in last one year.

“After note ban, 3 lakh shell companies were detected; 1.75 lakh shell companies have been shut,” PM said.

He added that government’s fight against black-money and Demonetisation has helped bring stashed into the formal economy there by increasing the taxpayer net.

“The number of those who filed income tax this year was 56 lakh, more than double the number last year,” PM said.

PM addressing the Nation from Red Fort on Independence Day

PM addressing the Nation from Red Fort on Independence Day

Stressing on the need to have cooperative federalism for the overall development of India, Narendra Modi said that the government has built a strong relationship with the states.

Talking about the security situation, the PM said that India’s stature in the world was rising and countries were now giving information about terror threats.

“The world is with us in fighting the menace of terror. I thank all nations helping us doing so,” PM said.

Listing the key policy initiatives of his government, PM Modi talked of crucial schemes implemented across the country by the central government.

Prime Minister condemned the violent activities done by individuals in the name of religion. He termed such actions ‘poisonous ’

“Violence in the name of faith is not acceptable: says PM, terms casteisism and communalism as poison,” he said

I-Day-4PM Modi said that 2018 will be a crucial year for people born in the 21st century and welcomed the youth who will turn 18 in 2018 to be a part of the force which develops India.

“The upcoming 1 January on 2018 will not be standard. The people who were born in the 21st century will find that this date will decide a lot in their lives,” he said.

Recalling the struggle India had undergone in the past, the Prime Minister gave a call to build new India which advances in the fields of technology and innovation.

“We have to take the country ahead with the determination of creating a ‘New India’, ” he said.

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Modi also asked the countrymen to stand by those affected due to natural disasters and the tragedy in Gorakhpur.

“Sympathies of 125 crore people are with victims of these tragedies; Government will extend all possible help,” PM Modi said

PM began his speech by appreciating the efforts of every Indian who sacrificed their lives to make India a free country.

 

This is Modi’s fourth address to the country as Prime Minister. He first delivered his speech on August 15, 2014, when he became PM for the first time.

I-Day-5Earlier in the day, PM was welcomed by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley at the venue and later given the guard of honour.

PM offered prayers at Raj Ghat early in the morning before heading to Red Fort.

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