‘Team India will take the country to new heights’

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Prime Minister’s Address on 69th Independence Day, 15 August 2015

Hoisting the Tri-colour from the ramparts of Red Fort on the occassion of 69th Independence Day, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in his second Independence Day speech, lauded Team India – a team of 125 crore Indians – for their efforts in the prosperity of the country and said the team will take the nation to new heights. “This is Team India, a team of 125 crore Indians. This is the team that makes the nation and takes our nation to new heights,” he said. “This country has progressed due to Team India. Had the world ever thought that when so many people become a team, it takes the country to new heights and saves the country,” he said. People from all walks of life were gathered outside the Red Fort premises amid tight security arrangements to participate in the flag hoisting ceremony and listen to the PM’s speech.


• This is the Team that makes the nation and takes our nation to new heights
• Be it casteism or communalism, there is no place for them. In no way can they be tolerated
• ‘Jan Bhagidari’ is the biggest asset of our democracy. “Be it MyGov, letters from citizens, Mann Ki Baat, communication with people…daily Jan Bhagidari is increasing”, the PM said.
• The poor want to move away from poverty and that is why, all our programmes must be for the poor.
• Bank accounts are essential for integrating poor into the financial system, 17 crore people opened accounts under Jan Dhan Yojna.
• All our programmes and institutions should be helpful to the poor; have to empower them through financial inclusion.
• Last time from the Red Fort I spoke about toilets and cleanliness. People wondered what kind of PM is he, talking about these issues.
• If there is something that has touched every person, it is the movement towards cleanliness.
• Almost 4.25 lakh toilets were built in 2.62 lakh schools nationwide in one year; this gives self-confidence that we can do what we want.
• Who has given maximum strength to Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan? It is the children of India.
• We have been very successful in our campaign to make toilets, especially for girls in schools across India.
• We introduced ‘Shrameva Jayate Yojana’. It is an effort to chage the way we look at the workers of India.
• Dignity of labour has to be our national duty, it has to be a part of our nature.
• India can be free of corruption but we need lots of measures. We have to start from top.
• Some people like to remain in ‘Nirasha’. And they are not satisfied till they have spoken about it to other people.
• 20 lakh Indians have given up LPG subsidy.
• Coal block auction has been undertaken by the govt, national exchequer will get Rs 3 lakh crore.
• On the issue of black money, we took a lot of steps within such a short time. We formed a SIT under the SC’s guidance the day we took over.
• Some people are worried about tough law on black money. It has ensured that nobody dares to take black money out of the country.
• PM makes disclosure that Rs 6500 crores disclosed under compliance window of black money and foreign assets law.
• CBI has registered 1800 corruption cases after we formed government.
• India cannot develop till the eastern part of India develops.
• India will progress if Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha and the north east develop.
• Even after so many decades of Independence there are 18,500 villages in India which do not have electricity.
• We affirm our commitment to provide electricity to all those villages that do not have electricity.
• Agriculture ministry to be renamed as ministry of agriculture and farmer welfare for institutionalized care of the farmers.
• This is not just a change in nomenclature of the ministry. This means farmers issues would get prime importance in the ministry’s scheme of things.
• A new vertical has been created to look after farmers’ welfare and to help those farmers who are in distress.
• ‘Start up India’ and ‘Stand up India’, PM exerts in his speech.
• As part of the Skill India and Digital India initiative, the Prime Minister said a package of incentives will be given to manufacturing units for generating jobs.
• Our government has agreed to ‘One Rank One Pension’ in principle, talks are in last stages.
• The Prime Minister reiterated government’s resolve to make India a developed nation by 2022, with a house and access to basic services like electricity, to all. He said the government had resolved to connect with electricity, all the 18,500 villages which still remain without power, within the next 1000 days. He also reiterated his vision for the development of eastern India.
• Questioning the practice of “interviews” for recruitments even at relatively junior levels, the Prime Minister called upon concerned departments to end this practice at the earliest, and to promote merit by recruiting only through transparent, online processes.