NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted the nation on the occasion of Independence Day.
"Independence Day greetings to all my fellow Indians..," the prime minister said in a tweet.
Independence Day greetings to all my fellow Indians. स्वतंत्रता दिवस की हार्दिक शुभकामनायें। जय हिन्द! #India— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 15, 2015
India celebrates its 69th Independence Day today. The country achieved its independence on August 15, 1947.
Earlier, Modi paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.
Modi unfurled the Tricolour at the Red Fort and began his second Independence Day speech as the Prime Minister.
The PM began his speech by paying tribute to freedom fighters.
"They struggled for India's dignity. They spent their youth in jail, faced atrocities, but did not leave their determination. I bow down to these freedom fighters from the bottom of my heart," Modi said in his second Independence Day address from the ramparts of the Red Fort.
Modi said "All our schemes must serve the poor," he said. "Nobody wants to remain poor. Those who are poor want to move away from poverty. That is why, all our programmes must be for the poor."
He said Team India -- a team of 125 crore Indians -- will take the country 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 in his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort here.
He said the participation of people had been possible via electronic platform such as MyGov.in or letters from citizens or through his radio address Mann Ki Baat.
Modi came down heavily on casteism and communalism, saying they hold no place in India.
"Be it casteism or communalism, there is no place for them. In no way can they be tolerated," said the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister announced, "The doors of the banks were not open for the poor. We decided this must end. We wanted to strengthen financial inclusion."
"Bank accounts are essential for integrating the poor into the financial system," he said.
"Bank accounts are essential for integrating the poor into the financial system," he said, adding that 17 crore people had opened accounts under the Jan Dhan Yojna scheme.
"After all who are the banks for, they are for the poor," he added.
Here are the highlights of Narendra Modi's speech:
- PM ends his nearly 1.5 hr speech with Bharat Mata Ki Jai & Vande Matram& Jai Hind.
- Disappointment in 22 lakh Ex-servicemen, as no announcement by PM on OROP.
- 'One-Rank, One-Pension' is a long-pending issue, discussions are underway and in last stages
- In-principle this govt has accepted 'One-rank, One-pension'; we will have good news on the basis of talks that are going.
- I could not implement One Rank One Pension so far & discussions are being held to implement & committed to it.
- PM asks 1.25 lakh bank branches to give loans to at least one tribals & Dalit for Start-up across the country.
- 18500 villages to be connected by power line.
- It has Been 15 Months since our government came n power, No Accusation of Corruption of Even Re 1.
- We have registered over 1800 CBI cases related to corruption while only 800 were registered by last Govt.
- Every year we will get Rs15000 crore from LPG subsidy.
- Attacking congress Modi says: Those involved in Corruption are talking about ending corruption.
- Modi asks people to respect all workers from labourers to newspaper distributor.
- Biggest ambassadors of Swachh Bharat are those children who stop their elders from throwing garbage.
- Around 10 crore families enrolled for insurance schemes in last 100 days itself.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi also mentioned key schemes of his NDA government in his second Independence day speech.
- Nobody wants to remain poor, thus schemes must be aimed at serving the poor.
- The unity of India should not be destroyed at any cost. If the unity of India is destroyed then the dreams of people are also destroyed.
- 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.
- This is no ordinary morning. This is a morning of hope of the dreams and aspirations of 125 crore Indians.
A very happy Independence Day to all my fellow Indians-PM Modi pic.twitter.com/17lR34Y2wG— ANI (@ANI_news) August 15, 2015
- My dear people of India, on this occasion my greetings to all of you.
(With inputs from agencies)