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Here’s what PM Modi said in his Independence Day address last year

On August 15, 2014, the Prime Minister delivered his first speech at Red Fort. A year on, a recap of the headlines he made — and the story that followed

By: Express News Service | Updated: August 15, 2015 4:13:45 pm
Jan dhan yojana, Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, Harsh Vardhan, Meenakshi Lekhi, Jairam Ramesh, K C Tyagi, Karan Singh, Digvijaya Singh, Javed Akhtar, Jaya Bachchan, Manohar Parrikar, Ramgopal Yadav, make in india, swachh bharat, indian express explained, indian express, news In its edition of August 16, 2014, The Indian Express reported that in his first Independence Day speech, the Prime Minister had ‘connected’ with his audience. (Source: Express Archive)


Financial Inclusion plan for the poorest of the poor — financial products and formal banking services to 7.5 crore households by August 2018, in the form of bank accounts, debit cards and insurance cover of Rs 1 lakh.

DELIVERY: Government claims about 15 crore new accounts have been opened, but more than 40 per cent of them have zero balance.


Asked each MP to develop a village in his/her constituency as a model village under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana by 2016, and five villages by 2019.

DELIVERY: 45 LS and 56 RS MPs are yet to adopt villages. LS defaulters include Harsh Vardhan, Meenakshi Lekhi, and 38 West Bengal MPs. In RS: Jairam Ramesh, K C Tyagi, Karan Singh, Digvijaya Singh, Javed Akhtar, Jaya Bachchan, Manohar Parrikar, Ramgopal Yadav, and 16 Bengal MPs.


Invited corporates to “Come, make in India”, make it world’s manufacturing hub with “zero defect, zero effect [on environment]” products.

DELIVERY: Progress has been slow. Some investments announced recently — including a $ 5 billion commitment by Foxconn in Maharashtra — have been the only talking points.


Promised toilets in all schools, with separate toilets for girls, by 2016. Called upon corporates to help build these toilets as part of CSR.

DELIVERY: Swachh Bharat Mission, launched on October 2, 2014, envisages an investment of Rs 62,009 crore over five years, with a central government share of Rs 14,623 crore, and the rest coming from states, local bodies and private players. SBM’s two main components: ending open defecation through construction of toilets; better solid waste management.

As of August 7, 15,65,335 individual toilets (45% of applications received) had been sanctioned, and 4,35,805 toilets constructed. 88,710 community and public toilets (45% of applications received) had been sanctioned, and 22,419 built. Progress of municipal solid waste management: Of the 78,050 wards, 31,470 were seeing 100 per cent door-to-door collection. 15% of the total waste was being processed.


“At least 65% Indians are under the age of 35… they should be imparted skills that would help them get jobs, take the country forward… I want to fast-track skill development,” Modi said.

DELIVERY: A national policy for skill development and entrepreneurship has been launched with the target of skilling 40.2 crore workers by 2022.


Announced end of centralised planning, replacement of Planning Commission with a new institution more in tune with changed world and India’s federal structure.

DELIVERY: NITI Aayog, with all Chief Ministers in its Governing Council, has replaced Plan panel. Two meetings of the Council have been held, Congress CMs have boycotted.


Said he wanted to govern by sahmati (consensus), rather than mere bahumati (majority) in Parliament. Shared credit for [then just ended] session’s success with “opposition, its leaders, and each of its MPs”.

DELIVERY: Monsoon Session was completely washed out; acrimony between BJP and Congress reached unprecedented lows. Rajya Sabha did not function at all. Modi made no effort to reach out to the Opposition.


Digitisation for the poor — e-governance that would pave way for “easy governance, effective governance, and economic governance”.

DELIVERY: Government has opened up modes of online citizen interaction and involvment through MyGov. Has launched digital locker for e-documents.

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