Narendra Modi speech Independence Day 2016: Transparency seems to be the highlight, says processes simplified

Speaking from a wind swept Red Fort, Modi also spoke about Passport applications going up to around two crore a year now as Indian had started travelling more.

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | New Delhi | Updated: August 15, 2016 11:04 pm
narendra modi, independence day, 70th independence day, modi independence day, modi independence day speech, independence red fort, modi 2016 independence day, india news, latest news Modi said over 9,000 jobs have been identified were efforts were on to eliminate touts and middlemen and make the recruitment process much simpler. (Source: Express photo by Renuka Puri)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on India’s 70th Independence Day had a strong message about how his government was promoting transparency in governance. The Prime Minister highlighted a lot of measures the BJP government had taken over the past couple of years to make life simpler for the citizens.

Modi started with the example of railway tickets on IRCTC.com, which earlier used to be able to process only 2,000 tickets a minute. “Now we can give out 15,000 tickets a minute,” the PM said, about how processes have been simplified.

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Giving another example, he spoke about the Income Tax department, which he said the middle class feared more than the police. As former IRS officer and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal looked on, Modi said refunds were now being processed within a couple of weeks and payments being made online. “Earlier these used to take months.”

Speaking from a wind swept Red Fort, Modi also spoke about Passport applications going up to around two crore a year now as Indian had started travelling more. The PM said this process, which used to take up to six months earlier if the applicant was lucky to get a recommendation, was now wrapped up within a week in some cases.

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Modi said over 9,000 jobs have been identified were efforts were on to eliminate touts and middlemen and make the recruitment process much simpler.

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    Amar Akbar
    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:25 pm
    I agree. PM is a politician and part of political process. Is CJI also now a politician? Throwing tantrum like a young kid instead of increasing efficiency of courts. They start at 10 or 11 and over by 5. 3 months of summer holidays for courts. Adjournment after adjournment. Using better ways to clear cases like mediation and arbitration not encouraged. Indian courts are the most inefficient court systems. So even if we add 10,00 judges it is still not the solution Mr CJI. The country expects higher standards from Judges as politicians still have to come to us every 5 years. You don't. So why are you letting us down Judiciary?
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      Republic.of.Kerala
      Aug 15, 2016 at 5:24 pm
      Transparency: Modi has at last decided to reveal him many people he murdered, raped, mutilated in 2002.
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        Amar Akbar
        Aug 15, 2016 at 4:27 pm
        PM is a politician and part of political process. He stil has to come to us for vote every 5 years. Is CJI also now a politician? Throwing tantrum like a young kid instead of increasing efficiency of courts. They start at 10 or 11 and over by 5. 3 months of summer holidays for courts. Adjournment after adjournment. Using better ways to clear cases like mediation and arbitration not encouraged. Indian courts are the most inefficient court systems. So even if we add 10,00 judges it is still not the solution Mr CJI. The country expects higher standards from Judges as politicians still have to come to us every 5 years. You don't. So why are you letting us down Judiciary.
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          Amar Akbar
          Aug 15, 2016 at 4:23 pm
          I agree. PM is a politician and part of political process. Is CJI also now a politician? Throwing tantrum like a young kid instead of increasing efficiency of courts. They start at 10 or 11 and over by 5. 3 months of summer holidays for courts. Adjournment after adjournment. Using better ways to clear cases like mediation and arbitration not encouraged. Indian courts are the most inefficient court systems. So even if we add 10,00 judges it is still not the solution Mr CJI. The country expects higher standards from Judges as politicians still have to come to us every 5 years. You don't. So why are you letting us down?
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            Satendra kumar
            Aug 15, 2016 at 4:13 am
            The Prime Minister of course spoke about the achievement in digital technology more and more about implementation of new ways and new methods making more advancement of today's new generation technology.
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              Neelam Kumari
              Aug 15, 2016 at 3:15 pm
              Well Said Very true...!!!
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              SubbuI
              Aug 15, 2016 at 5:48 am
              FEKU'S SPEACH IS FULL OF USUAL DRAMEBAZ. THERE IS NO END IT HIS BAKWAZGIRI WHICH ONLY PROBAGATE LIES AND DECEITS.What else you can expect from failed person
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                ashok
                Aug 15, 2016 at 3:29 am
                Mr m
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