15-August-2014 11:43 IST
Series of initiatives announced
- Pradhanmantri Jan-Dhan Yojana to provide for
a bank account, a debit card and an insurance
amount of Rs. one lakh, for the poor
- ]Digital Infrastructure a priority to
- Swachh Bharat initiative to be launched on
- Toilets in all schools within a year
- Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana to be launched
- New institution to replace Planning
Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today called
upon all citizens to contribute to the cause of
building national character. Addressing the nation
for the first time from the ramparts of the Red Fort
on the 68th Independence Day, he said, it is an
occasion for introspection for all, as to how his or
her acts would weigh on the scale of National
Interest. Let all actions be in the National
Interest, and be seen as a contribution towards
nation building, the Prime Minister said.
Greeting the people of India on Independence Day,
Shri Narendra Modi stated that he was addressing
them not as "Pradhan Mantri" but as "Pradhan Sewak"
– the first servant.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a series of
initiatives aimed at empowering the common man, and
unleashing the potential of India's youth.
In a major new scheme to universalize banking access
and financial inclusion, the Prime Minister
announced the Pradhanmantri Jan-Dhan Yojana which
will provide for a bank account, a debit card and an
insurance amount of Rs. one lakh, to poor families.
A nationwide "Skill India" movement will be
initiated to provide skills which ensure
The Prime Minister also announced a vision of "Come
and Make in India" inviting manufacturers from
across the world to invest in India, and help boost
India's industrial growth. He called upon the youth
of India to unleash their entrepreneurial spirit and
work towards manufacturing in India, the various
items that add to our import bill. Let "Made in
India" become a synonym of excellence, he added.
Emphasizing that digital infrastructure is a
priority to empower the citizens, Shri Narendra Modi
announced his Government's resolve to work towards
Digital India, which would provide information and
services to the people in a timely and effective
Stressing on the need for cleanliness, the Prime
Minister announced his Government's resolve for "Swachh
Bharat" – a vision which will be launched on October
2nd this year, to be accomplished by 2019, on the
150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. In a
related initiative, the Prime Minister said the
first step towards "Swachh Bharat" begins with
immediate effect, through a commitment to build
toilets in all schools, including separate toilets
for girls, within one year.
The Prime Minister announced the launch of the
Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, under which each Member
of Parliament would be invited to make one model
village in his constituency, by 2016. He said a
complete blueprint for this scheme would be
announced on October 11th, the birth anniversary of
Shri Jayaprakash Narayan.
Shri Narendra Modi announced that a new institution
would be created to replace the Planning Commission.
This new institution would respect the federal
structure of the country, he asserted.
Thanking all Members of Parliament, including the
Opposition Parties for a productive session of
Parliament, the Prime Minister said his Government
wished to move forward by consensus.
Referring to reports of the positive change in work
culture of the Union Government since he took over
as Prime Minister, the Prime Minister said he was
taken aback by such news reports – since it should
be the norm for Government Servants to work with due
diligence. The Prime Minister said the fact that
this should make news, shows how low our collective
standards of duty and responsibility have fallen.
The Prime Minister called upon society to give up
the selfish attitude of "Mera Kya, Mujhe Kya."
The Prime Minister also said he was appalled by the
discord and disunity among various Government
departments that he saw after assuming office. He
assured the people that he would resolve this issue,
so that the Government of India worked not as an
assembled entity, but as an organic entity. The
Prime Minister said development and good governance
were the only two tracks which could take the nation
The Prime Minister expressed dismay at the rising
number of rape incidents in the country. Pointing
out that daughters are asked a lot of questions in a
family, he called upon parents to question their
sons also, and keep a tab on their activities. Every
rapist is someone's son, the Prime Minister said. In
a similar vein, he called upon misguided youth who
had taken to terrorism or Maoism, to give up
violence and return to the national mainstream.
The Prime Minister quoted Shri Aurobindo and Swami
Vivekananda, reflecting on their vision to see India
as a "Jagatguru" once again, and called upon all
Indians to help convert this vision into reality.