Independence Day 2018 HIGHLIGHTS: PM Modi announces healthcare scheme Ayushman Bharat, roll-out on Sept 25

Independence Day 2018 HIGHLIGHTS: PM Modi announces healthcare scheme Ayushman Bharat, roll-out on Sept 25

India 72nd Independence Day 2018 Live highlights: This was Prime Minister Narendra Modi's fifth and final Independence Day 2018 speech from the ramparts of Red Fort during his current tenure.

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Independence Day 2018 Live: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

Independence Day 2018 Live Updates: In his fifth and final address in the current tenure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the achievements of the NDA government in the last four years – Swachch Bharat, PMFBY, Mudra loans, GST.

During the address, he also announced his flagship health policy –Aayuhmaan Bharat from the Red Fort. The ambitious Ayushman Bharat or National Health Protection Scheme aims to cover over 10 crore vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) and provide health cover up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year. The scheme will be rolled out on September 25, on the occasion of Deen Dayal Upadhyay’s anniversary. Referring to the torrential rainfall in Kerala, PM Modi said, “My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives due to floods in various parts of India.” Follow Kerala rain LIVE UPDATES

Modi began by congratulating the all-women INS Tarini team for circumnavigating the globe and paying tribute to freedom fighters and the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. He said the recently concluded monsoon session of Parliament focused on social justice. Taking a jibe at the UPA government, Modi also added that the pace of development fast-tracked in the past four years. Modi also announced the much demanded permanent commission for women in armed forces. So far women were given short service commission in Army, Navy and Air Force.

Full Text of PM Modi’s Independence Day 2018 speech

Ahead of his speech, PM Modi unfurled the Tricolour and inspected the Guard of Honour. Also present at Red Fort were Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, BJP president Amit Shah, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, LK Advani among other political leaders.

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I-Day: Punjab CM calls for freedom from drugs

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday called for freedom from drug menace on the occasion of Independence Day. He launched a programme to take the war against narcotics to schools and colleges. The chief minister, who unfurled the tricolour in Ludhiana, also launched the second phase of the debt waiver scheme for farmers against loans taken from commercial banks, besides rolling out the 'Bhai Ghanayia Sehat Sewa Yojana', a health scheme, reports PTI.

In his speech after the march past, the chief minister called upon the people of Punjab to take a pledge to wipe out the menace of drugs.

Telangana CM launches insurance scheme for farmers

On the occasion of Independence Day, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday launched three new schemes, including free life insurance for farmers. Rao unfurled the national flag at the historic Golconda Fort in Hyderabad. He also launched an eye care initiative aiming to cover all citizens in the state and an economic support programme for backward classes.

PM Modi took to poetry to highlight his vision for new India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to poetry to highlight his vision of new India, on the occasion of Independence Day, saying "we are breaking chains" and are "determined to soar above the sky and build a new India". READ MORE

Independence Day: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal unfurled the national flag at Delhi Secratariat

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal waves at school children during Independence Day celebrations in the national capital.

President Ram Nath Kovind pays tribute at Amar jawan Jyoti

Watch PM Modi meets children at red Fort after delivering Independence Day speech

Hand-crafted tribal fans help dignitaries beat-the-heat at Red Fort

Colourful fans handcrafted by tribal artisans offered relief to the dignitaries, including foreign diplomats and politicians, braving high humidity levels during the Independence Day function at the historic Red Fort. An overcast sky with high relative humidity was a perfect recipe for a typical sultry morning in the national capital. At 5.30 am, humidity was 72 per cent, the Met department said. It was 88 per cent a couple of hours ago. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was seen wiping his face with a handkerchief several times while delivering the Independence Day speech from the Red Fort.

Also Read | Hand-crafted tribal fans help dignitaries beat-the-heat at Red Fort

Independence Day 2018 pictures from Red fort

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Hum tod rahe hain zanjeerein, (We are breaking the shackles)

Hum badal rahe hain tasveerein, (We are shaping the picture)”

These two sentences at the fag end of his speech summed up the essence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s near 80-minute fifth Independence Day address from the ramparts of Red Fort today. In his characteristic style, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s last speech from Red Fort before seeking a fresh mandate in 2019 sought to project that he has provided an assured stewardship of the leap of faith taken by the electorate in him in 2014.

Opinion |  PM Modi speech underlines he’s acted with pace and purpose, impatient to do more

Independence Day 2018: Top quotes by PM Modi

As India celebrates 72nd Independence Day today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort for fifth and the last time as the Prime Minister. Wearing a saffron turban, Modi unfurled the Tricolour and said, ” We have to ensure social justice for all and create an India that is progressing rapidly.”  Here are keynotes from his speech

Gaganyaan’ will take an Indian in space by 2022, says PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day address from the ramparts of Red Fort on Wednesday, said the country will see an Indian on a space mission under an indigenous space project called ‘Gaganyaan‘ before 2022. This was Modi’s last Independence Day speech ahead of general elections and as PM in the current tenure. Modi said when India celebrates the 75th year of Independence in 2022, “and if possible even before, an Indian son or daughter” will undertake a manned space mission on board ‘Gaganyaan‘ “carrying the national flag”. READ MORE HERE

Express Editorial | For 2019, from Lal Qila

For much of the 78 minutes, the PM delivered a report card of the NDA government, recounting the achievements of flagship programmes. But what was, in essence, an election speech had soaring moments. First, was the promise to put an Indian man or woman in an Indian-made spacecraft into space. The final frontier can galvanise societies, and have them aspire to a positive, forward-looking nationalism. Second, through the speech, Modi maintained a focus on the rights of women, of their equal place in society. Third, he sought to present himself and his government as standing for the marginalised and the poor. But there were omissions too. While most communities, including Dalits, Adivasis and OBCs were mentioned, minorities were not (except in the context of Triple Talaq). While the PM spoke of rape and the deterrent effect of hangings and the general importance of the rule of law, there was no mention of the lynchings and floggings that have been a major blot on the law and order apparatus across many states. Read more

Glimpses from Red Fort

(Express photo by Neeraj Priyadarshini)

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PM Modi aims to send an Indian to space by 2022

During his speech today, PM Modi announced that India will send an astronaut to space in the year 2022. “I make this announcement today, before 2022, an Indian astronaut – son or daughter – will be in space. One of us will carry the tricolor to the space to commemorate the 75th year of India’s Independence.” If India does launch the Gaganyaan mission, it will be the fourth nation to do so after the United States, Russia, and China. 

Read | What is Gaganyaan?

PM Modi lists achievements in fifth Independence Day speech

Delivering his fifth Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recounted the achievements of his government in the last four years. Emphasising that India has emerged as world’s sixth largest economy, the PM said, “We are proud of what we have achieved and at the same time, we also have to look at where we have come from. That is when we will realised the remarkable strides the nation has made.” Praising his government’s foreign policy, the PM said that India’s voice is being heard effectively at the world stage. “We are integral parts of forums whose doors were earlier closed for us.”

Also Read | PM Modi lists achievements, sees Indian in space by 2022, announces Ayushman Bharat for 50 crore people

PM Modi interacts with children at Red Fort

After delivering the speech, PM Modi met with the children who were sitting at the Red Fort listening to him. In his iconic style, he shook hands with the children dressed in the colours of the tri-colour. 

PM Modi concludes fifth Independence Day address

Prime Minister Modi spoke about his aspirations and vision for the country. With the chants of 'Jai Hind' 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' 'Vande Mataram,' PM Modi concludes his Independence Day speech from Red Fort. National Anthem is being played now.

Impatient to improve quality of life: PM Modi

'Housing for all, power for all, water for all, LPG for all, toilet for all, skill for all, health for all, insurance for all, connectivity for all,' PM Modi said. 'There are many countries who have gone ahead of us in development. I pray that our country goes ahead of all of them. Malnutrition is a big problem in the country. I am impatient to provide quality of life to my people,' PM Modi said

Insaniyat, jammhuriyat and Kashmiriyat for development of J&K

PM Modi remembering Atal Bihari Vajpayee talked about his way of Insaniyat, jammhuriyat and Kashmiriyat to bring peace in Jammu &  Kashmir, Modi said that the local body elections will soon be held in the state as demanded by the local Kashmiri. 

PM Modi talks about instant triple talaq

"The practice of instant triple talaq had left Muslim women miserable. Our government has strived to table the bill in Lok Sabha. But there are few people who do not want us to proceed. But I am promising my Muslim sisters that our government will make attempts to empower them," PM Modi said, 

PM Modi announces Permanent Commission for Women in armed forces

'This is the first cabinet where a large number of women are present. Till now women only had short commission for women. But now, we have brought in  Permanent Commission for Women. Women will now be able to strengthen India along with their male counterparts. However, there are some hurdles in women empowerment. Legal framework is working to help women,' PM Modi said referring to fast-track court proceedings in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for rape cases. 'We need to overpower the forces that hinder the growth of women. For us, the law of the land is supreme.'

India is celebrating festival of honesty, says PM Modi

If there is anyone who benefits from the policies of the country, it is not the government, but the tax payers. They have a major role in the progress of nation. Today India is celebrating the festival of honesty

PM Modi thanks honest tax payers of the country

"When the will power is strong and there is desire to do something for the country, then benami assets law is also implemented. I want to thank the tax payers of the country. It is because of these honest tax payers that we are able to launch multiple policies in the country. It is because of this effort that we are being able to lift people out of povert and feed them," PM Modi said. 

Time to ensure access to health care to millions: PM Modi

'Due to the Swachh Bharat mission, lakhs of children can lead healthier lives. Even the World Health Organisation has lauded the movement. It is high time we ensure that the poor of India get access to good quality and affordable health care,' PM Modi said, while announcing the launch of Aayushmaan Bharat

PM Modi announces Aayuhmaan Bharat, to roll out on September 25

PM Modi announces his flagship health policy --Aayuhmaan Bharat. The ambitious Ayushman Bharat or National Health Protection Scheme aims to cover over 10 crore vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) and provide health cover up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year. The scheme will be rolled out on September 25, on the occasion of Deen Dayal Upadhyay's anniversary. The benefits of the scheme are portable across the country and a beneficiary covered under the scheme will be allowed to take cashless benefits from any public/private empanelled hospitals across the country.  Read | What is Ayushman Bharat?

Modi says that the Swacch Bharat Scheme is a succes and recognised by world organisations

Talking about his government's Ujjawala schemes, Saubhagya schemes, Modi said that we are working in the direction of taking India forward. He added that schemes have been made to reach the far corners of the country. Meanwhile, he mocked those who had taken a jibe at hi Swacch Bharat Mission. referencing a WHO reports, Modi said that 3 lakh children have been saved due to proper cleanliness from the scheme. Modi said that world organisations are recognising the initiative. 

Modi talks about development of farm production in India

Our country is second highest in fish production and will soon become number one. The production of honey has doubled and the production of sugar has tripled, said Modi talking about development in the farming sector across the country. 

Aim to double farmer's income by 2022: PM Modi

"I would like to congratulate the farmers and those related to agriculture for the food revolution in the country. But our farmers still face distress and we are making attempts to resolve the crisis. We aim to double the income of farmers by 2022. A lot of people raise doubts about this. But we are firm in our decision. We want to excel in innovation and bring0-in record production of food grains," PM Modi said, talking about blue revolution, fish revolution, sweet revolution happening in the country

By 2022 we will put an Indian shuttle in the space: Modi

"Every Indian is proud of our scientists who achieved success in entering the orbit of Mars in the first attempt or be it sending 118 satellites in a go. We are developing in the space technology but we have dreamed that by 2022 we will send an Indian space shuttle piloted by an India in the space to become the fourth country to put a human in the space. By 2022 when India completes 75 years of Independence, or before that, a son or daughter of India will go to space with a tricolor in their hands," PM Modi said.

Modi talks about development of youth

Talking about Indian youth, Modi said that they have changed the josh in them be it in fields of Startup India, Digital India. Modi also mentioned his government's to provide loans to youth and the people through Mudra loan which has helped them in starting new ventures. 

We brought Delhi to doorsteps of northeast: PM Modi

India is progressing in Sports, news of sportspersons coming out of North Eastern states is coming. The northeast is developing into a hub of change, in last four years, we have taken Delhi to the doors of the northeast, which once seemed far away. 

The power of Indian passport increases, Indians sure their country has their back: Modi

PM Modi said that today the image of India has improved at global platforms and the world is listening to Indian concerns. For many years we had waited for a place in these global platforms. Today India is a source of hope for countries talking about mitigating global warming and climate change effects. wherever India goes, the host country welcomes it with open arms, the power of Indian passport has increased across the world. 

Reform, performe and transform: Modi

Today people are laying the red carpet for India, we have improved in ease of doing business for a country which once had an impression of policy paralysis and India was counted in fragile five. this image has changed and the world says Indian is a multi-billion dollar investment destination. Worl knows that the sleeping elephant has begun its race and for next three decades India will provide direction and speed to the global economy and the world. 

Modi talks abiout implementing One rank One Pension

The veterans of armed forces were demanding One Rank One Pension, but no one was listening to them. when we came to power we took the decision to provide them OROP. We have the acumen to take bold decisions. 

PM Modi talks about GSt and MSP implemented by his govt

The farmers were asking for MSP, demands were raised from people representatives so we took the decision to provide 1.5 times the MSP to the farmers. There was a delay in taking decisions previously, now the government takes the decision instantly and boldly. Modi talking about GST said that it has given new confidence to small and big traders, acknowledging the initial problems Modi said that traders accepted GST. 

PM Modi mentions surgical strikes from Red Fort

Talking about Digital India, Modi said that the government is working with the aim of becoming a Digital country. We are combining spiritual, sciences to bring in developments in various sectors. Our forces are working tirelessly across the country in every part of the country helping the common people. The same forces are also capable of successfully conducting surgical strikes when called into actions. 

Its the same country, but the speed of development is has been paced in last four years: Modi

"Its the same land, same sky, sea, government offices and the country but in last four years India is moving with a new zeal and therefore today India is construction twice the highways and producing record crops and manufacturing record number of mobile phones", Modi says from the Red Fort 

Modi targets UPA government from Red Fort

Modi talking about his government's work in last four years said that if we would have worked with the speed of 2013 (UPA) it would have taken a century in making India open defecation free, or electrifying every part or even providing the LPG gas connection to every woman in rural and urban areas. he added that if we would have worked with the speed of 2013, an entire generation would have taken to connect the country with optical fibre. 

PM Modi says people contributing in making India better since 2014

PM Modi said that when 125 crores, dreams, hard work and aspirations of people come together change happens. Modi said that the 125 crores Indian did not just stop at forming the government in 2014, instead, they continuously strive to make the country better. This is the strength of India. Referring to Aurobindo, Modi said Our country is not just an imagination but a huge power which brings us together. 

Constituion has been a guide for our country given by Baba Saheb

'To fulfil the dreams of Indians, freedom fighters and all such people who struggled for it, Baba Saheb Ambedkar gave us the Constitution which has been a guide for our country and taking forward the people.' PM Modi from Red Fort 

The Constitution of India, given to us by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar has spoken about justice for all. We have to ensure social justice for all and create an India that is progressing rapidly: Modi

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Independence Day 2018 Live: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation during the 71st Independence Day function at the historic Red Fort in New Delhi. (File)

In his previous Independence Day speech, which lasted about 56 minutes, his shortest ever, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on his vision of New India – a corruption-free, violence-free India where people live in equality without caste and communal differences. Modi also touched upon various issues confronting India’s Centre-state ties, economic reforms, financial inclusion and triple talaq. Modi had also said his government was committed to the “lost glory” of Kashmir. “Na gaali, na goli, parivartan hoga gale laga ke (Neither bullets nor brickbats will solve the Kashmir issue, only love will),” the PM had said.

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