Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday presented a blueprint for India’s development journey for the next 25 years in his address to the nation from Red Fort on the occasion of the 75th Independence Day. His speech focused on the aspect of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayaas” as the country marches on the road to development.
During his speech, PM Modi spoke of making India “Aatmanirbhar”, or self-reliant, by the time India celebrates 100 years of Independence from the barbaric British rule. “A time comes in the development journey of every country when that nation defines itself from a new end, when it takes itself forward with new resolutions. Today, that time has come in India’s development journey,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi said the next 25 years were ‘Amrit Kaal’ for India and its citizens and it would be the priority of the government to ensure that essential services reach the last person seamlessly. “The purpose of Amrit Kaal is to better the lives of citizens, lessen the development divide between villages and cities, reduce government interference in people’s lives, and have the latest technology so that we are not behind any country in the world,” PM Modi said.
“Our priority will be to ensure that the services reach the last person seamlessly. For the all-round development of the nation, it is essential to end the unnecessary interference of government and government procedures in the lives of people,” PM Modi said.
Gati Shakti plan
PM Modi announced a Rs 100 lakh crore ‘Pradhan Mantri Gati Shakti National Master Plan’. PM Modi said the initiative, besides bringing employment opportunities for the youth, would help local manufacturers become competitive globally.
“In the coming days, we will launch the PM Gati Shakti Plan, a Rs 100 lakh crore national infrastructure master plan which will set a foundation for holistic infrastructure and give an integrated pathway to our economy,” PM Modi said.
“We will have to work together to manufacture world-class products, using cutting-edge innovation and new-age technology,” the prime minister said.
Sainik School for girls
The prime minister said girls would now be given entry into Sainik schools across the country. “Many girls have been writing to me and now the government has decided that all Sainik schools will now be opened for our girls,” PM Modi said. At present, 33 Sainik schools are operating in the country.
The prime minister said two-and-a-half years ago, the experiment of admitting girls in Sainik schools was carried out in Mizoram.
Sainik schools are run by the Sainik Schools Society, which is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Defence. The aim of establishing Sainik schools is to prepare the students from an early age for their entry into the Indian armed forces.
PM Modi also announced a National Hydrogen Mission given the growing concerns regarding climate change. He said the government would aim to make India a hub for the production and export of green hydrogen.
Giving a clarion call to make India self-reliant in energy production, PM Modi said, “Today, we have to pledge to make India energy independent before completing 100 years of Independence. India has moved towards electric mobility and work is underway on 100 per cent electrification of Indian Railways to become a net-zero carbon emitter by the year 2030.”
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