Narendra Modi speech on Independence Day: ‘March to good governance will need sacrifices’

PM Modi said swarajya is about empowering citizens and improving their quality of life and that his government was committed to bring that change to every citizen of the country.

Written by Wali Ahmad | New Delhi | Updated: August 15, 2016 2:34 pm
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Speaking from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort in New Delhi on the Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi re-emphasised his slogan of good governance, saying accountability and responsibility are key to attain this.

Addressing the nation, he said his government was committed to attain swaraj. “March from self-governance to good-governance is a resolve of entire nation, it will need sacrifices. There was a time when the government was shrouded by allegations, but now the government is surrounded by expectations,” he said.

Modi said swarajya is about empowering citizens and improving their quality of life and that his government was committed to bring that change to every citizen of the country. Talking about delivery of services during his tenure, Modi said, “Today, in one minute, it’s possible to get 15,000 train tickets.”

Drawing a comparison with previous governments, Modi said in the last two years his government has provided gas connections to over 4 crore people in just 60 weeks while only 14 crore had gas connection in past 60 years. He also said that construction of rural roads have increased to 100 km a day from 70-75 km a day earlier. Citing an example, Modi said a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Hatras district didn’t have power despite being just three hours away from the National Capital. Modi said his government provided electricity to this village. “Electricity has reached 10,000 villages out of 18,000 unelectricified villages,” he said. The PM also extolled the use of LED bulbs. “LED bulbs are being sold at Rs 50 each against Rs 350 previously,” he said. The PM announced that 13 crore bulbs were distributed and his government has set a target of touching 77 crore which can save 20,000 MW of electricity worth Rs 1.25 lakh crore.

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Facing criticism for inflation since he came to power, PM Modi said his government has brought inflation rate below 6 per cent and that he will continue to work to ensure food plate of poor is not affected by inflation. The prices of pulses have increased substantially in the last two years with urad hitting a high of Rs 200 per kg. The PM, however, assured that sowing of pulses has increased 1.5 times this year and it will help solve problem of demand shortfall.

The prime minister said that 99.5 per cent of past dues of sugarcane farmers have been cleared and that 95 per cent of sugarcane sold this season has been paid for to farmers.

To tackle higher rate of agricultural cost, the PM said 90 shut irrigation schemes will be revived and that 77,000 solar pumps have been distributed to bring down input cost of farmers. He said his aim was to help double farmers’ income by 2022. “I have tried to adopt the strategy of ‘Reform, Perform and Transform’ and tried to avoid populism,” he said.

Perhaps with Punjab elections in his mind, the Prime Minister talked about the sacrifices of Sikh Gurus. “How can we forget the bravery and sacrifice of the Sikh Gurus,” he said.

Thanking all the political parties for clearing the Goods and Services Tax in parliament, Modi said that GST will give strength to the economy. The bill was passed in both the Houses of Parliament in a historic coming together of all parties.

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Talking about social tension, Modi said unity is in diversity and this is our strength. “Social justice is the basis to attain this goal,” he said. “Only financial growth is not important, social unity is also important. 125 crore people of India are part of one family,” Modi said.

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Accepting that there are problems, he said, “We have to rise above and fight such anti-social elements. Only then we’ll be able to progress in real sense. Great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Ambedkar ji have always stressed on the need for social unity.” he said tough and “sensitive” approach is required to tackle the age-old social evils whether it is casteism or untouchability.

Taking credit for the One-Rank-One-Pay move, Modi said his government fulfilled this dream. “More than 35,000 jawans have lost their lives fighting at border so that we can stay peacefully here, how can we forget them?” Modi said.

Talking about terrorism, Modi said the Peshawar school in Pakistan which had claimed the lives of over 100 children, had brought tears in everyone’s eyes in the Indian Parliament. “This is the example of our humanitarian approach, but there are some countries who glorify terrorists,” he said. Modi also urged the youth who have taken up gun to return to their parents and shun violence.

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    Joyce Abramson
    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:07 pm
    I have one for your mullah. Go and spend your time with your mullah and his 72 daughters. But you have to wear a vest. You will find jannat once you remove your vest.
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      Coolade
      Aug 15, 2016 at 6:59 pm
      Rauf, Indian Supreme Court where out of two judges one of them was a Muslim agreed that Hindu taxpayers majority with other tax payers are paying to send jihadi namak haram like you to Mecca fly you there by Saudia paying you from 1947 till now has to STOP since Indian taxpayers are wasting money on you Muslims and it is haram as per Satanic Koran. How can you make us spend one lac crores about 2 lacs on you per person and you are thankless. Aren't you thankless Muslims all over the world? You get citizenship of Belgiuim and you create havoc there. No country is happy with Muslims. One wonder why? If you don't want our subsidy why take it?
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        Coollade
        Aug 15, 2016 at 4:11 pm
        How come you mix Dalits and Muslims? Did Dalit divide India? Muslims did. Do Dalit get to go to holy places to fly there paid by Indian tax payers? No they don't but Muslims do. We pay for their Huj. Do Dalit slave multiple women in the name of Mohammed allowing multiple marriages? Do Muslims eat pig? Dalit does. Does Dalit follows the path of Hindu Buddhist Nonviolence.Yes but Muslims don't. So Maulana stop mixing jihad with non violence.
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          Coolade
          Aug 15, 2016 at 4:14 pm
          How come you mix Dalits and Muslims in the same sentence? This is like saying Shia and Sunni are same. No they are not. Did Dalit divide India? Muslims did. Do Dalit get to go to holy places to fly there paid by Indian tax payers? No they don't but Muslims do. We pay for flying Muslims to Huj. Do Dalit slave multiple women in the name of Mohammed allowing multiple marriages? No but Muslims do. Do Muslims eat pig? No they don't but Dalit does. Does Dalit follows the path of Hindu Buddhist Nonviolence.Yes but Muslims don't. Muslims follow the path of destruction Antihuman jihad. So Maulana stop mixing jihad of Muslims with non violence of Hinduism Buddhism.
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            Coolade
            Aug 15, 2016 at 7:07 pm
            Any Muslim who tells me that my tax money is not being used to pay for their Huj, they don't get subsidy, they are paying, it is used to help AirIndia it peeses me that how can Muslims be so much thankless and namak haram. Here is a Supreme Court decision clearly talking about subsidy given by us one lac crores every year after year Billions of dollars wasted in these namak harms.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;In May 2012, the Supreme Court of India ordered the government to end the Huj subsidy practice by 2022 where Indian tax payers have to pay for Muslims flying to Mecca as well as for their accommodations and health insurance. "We direct the Central government to progressively reduce the amount of subsidy so as to completely eliminate it within a period of 10 years from today, said a bench of Justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana P Desai. The subsidy money may be more profitably used for uplift of the community in education and other indices of social development," said Justice Alam, who wrote the order. The court said it has no authority to speak on the minority community's behalf and that it would be presumptuous to tell the Muslims what was a good or bad religious practice even though it cited Quran to say that haj pilgrimage was mandatory only for those who could afford the expenses for travelling, food and accommodation
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              Republic.of.Kerala
              Aug 15, 2016 at 5:41 pm
              Let me check if the speech was copied from Me.Obama's speech.
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                Cha cha
                Aug 15, 2016 at 6:54 pm
                Cut Rauf, What are Hindus is upto Hindus to worry in a Hindu nation. You got your own land nah? You wanted your own land nah? You demanded your land claiming the same what you are now in 1947 saying you Muslims cannot stay with Hindus nah? You named your homeland PUREland stan nah? You converted one piece of secular Hindustan by dividing using religion as Islamic nah? Once you got what you wanted what the fcu#k you doing here? Give me back my land if you cut Namard harams are going to live here.
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                  Amar Akbar
                  Aug 15, 2016 at 7:11 pm
                  Dear Coolade: here is more info about Huj subsidy. The Haj subsidy is a subsidy given to Indian Muslim Hajji by the Government of India using its tax payers money. The program has its origins in British colonial era. In post-colonial era, the Nehru government expanded the program in 1959 with the Hajj Act. The subsidy and taxpayer funded arrangements initially applied to Muslim Indian pilgrims traveling for religious reasons to Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Jordan. Since 1973, pilgrims applying through the Haj Committee of India are offered a concessionary fare on Airline. Haj subsidy started in 1947 as an idea initiated by the then government, with flights between Mumbai and Jeddah. Additional flight legs were added over the years, and since 1984, all Haj traffic has been on Saudia, the national carriers of Saudi Arabia. Since 2000, over 1.5 million Muslims have used the subsidy; since 2008, over 120,000 Indian Muslim every year make use of the subsidy. The Hajj subsidy includes an airfare subsidy as well as istance to Muslim pilgrims for domestic travel to reach specially designed Haj departure airport terminals, meal, medical care and lodging istance provided by the Government of India. The average airfare subsidy was about ₹73,526 (US$1,100) per Muslim pilgrim in 2008; while the average non-airfare financial istance was ₹2,697 (US$40) per muslim. The total subsidy provided by the Government of India was US$1,815 per Muslim in 2008
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