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PM lauds doctors, vaccine makers during Red Fort speech

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Sunday the commencement of the National Hydrogen Mission, Rs 100 lakh crore PM Gati Shakti Infrast...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Sunday the commencement of the National Hydrogen Mission, Rs 100 lakh crore PM Gati Shakti Infrastructure to make a foundation for infrastructure development while addressing the nation from the Red Fort on Sunday on the occasion of India’s 75th Independence Day.

The Prime Minister also lauded the efforts of doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, our cleaning workers, our vaccine makers for diligently serving people during the Covid pandemic.

Talking about infrastructure, Modi said, “Indian Railways, too, is undergoing a change to modernize itself. It is our collective responsibility that we walk ahead in the 75th year of India’s Independence believing in India’s abilities. We have to work together on next-gen infrastructure, world-class manufacturing, connecting-edge innovations and new-age technology. From new waterways to connecting new places through sea-planes, work is undergoing at rapid speed.”

The Prime Minister also lauded the efforts of Indian players for making the country proud by winning medals during the recently concluded Tokyo Olympians. Players were invited by the Prime Minister to attend the Independence Day celebration at Red Fort. Talking about the agri sector, the Prime Minister said, “In the next few years, we will have to increase the collective power of India’s small farmers. We have to provide them with new facilities. They must become the nation’s pride.

“We must apply scientific research and suggestions in our agriculture sector. It will not just provide food security to the nation, but increase food production. In this decade, we will have to work dedicatedly to provide a new economy in rural India. Today, we are witnessing our villages getting transformed,” he said.

Talking about development in the rural areas, the Prime Minister said, “Today we see our villages changing rapidly. In the past few years, facilities like road, electricity have reached villages. Today the optical fiber network is providing the power of data to villages.

“We’re promoting roads, healthcare, education, employment and nutrition in over 110 Aspirational Districts — that had remained lacking on the development matrix. We are working hard to ensure these districts reach the levels of all other districts in India,” he said.

During his nearly one and half hours speech, Modi spoke about the need for political will to bring in big changes and reforms. “There is no dearth of political will in taking up reforms. Today, the world can see that there is no dearth of political will in India. The world is a witness to how India is writing a new chapter of governance,” the Prime Minister spoke about “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and now ‘Sabka Prayas’, an initiative in our journey of building the Aatmanirbhar Bharat of our dreams. Our goal is to develop a nation where we not only have world-class infrastructure but also move ahead with the mantra of ‘Minimum government, maximum governance.”.

Talking about Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), Modi said that the Delimitation Commission has been formed in J&K and the government is making preparations for Vidhan Sabha elections. “Ladakh, too, is walking its road towards development. On one hand, Ladakh is witnessing the creation of modern infrastructure, while on the other, ‘Sindhu Central University’ is going to make Ladakh a Centre of higher education,” he said.

In a subtle attack on Pakistan and China, Modi said, “In the post-pandemic time, the world will see a new world order with two major challenges — terrorism and expansionism — and India is fighting and effectively responding to both.

Modi mentioned the recent decision to allow OBC and EWS reservation in medical admission and empowering states to make their own list of OBC castes.

“India needs to ensure that the Dalits, the Backward Classes and the EWS walk ahead. Recently, OBC reservation has been ensured in medical education. OBC lists can now be made by states hereon. We need to make sure that development happens to everyone,” he said.

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