Asserting that he will not forgive the corrupt and those who have black money, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today strongly deplored that they have ruined the nation. Addressing the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort in New Delhi as India celebrates the 72nd Independence Day, he declared that Delhi’s streets are free from power brokers and from the voice of power brokers, the voice of the poor is heard. At present, he said the country is celebrating the festival of honesty.
Modi said that the honest taxpayer of India has a major role in the progress of the nation and it is due to them that so many people are fed, the lives of the poor are transformed. Stating that there were 6 crore people who were not even born, yet the benefit of government schemes were being taken on their name, he said that his government stopped this.
Narendra Modi announced his flagship health policy –Aayuhmaan Bharat from the Red Fort and said that the ambitious Ayushman Bharat or National Health Protection Scheme aims to cover over 10 crore vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) and provide health cover up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year. The scheme will be rolled out on September 25, on the occasion of Deen Dayal Upadhyay’s anniversary.
He recalled that due to Swachh Bharat mission, lakhs of children can lead healthier lives and even the WHO has lauded the movement. Mahatma Gandhi led the Satyagrahis to freedom and today, the Swachhagrahis have to ensure a Swachh Bharat, he added. As important as economic growth is dignity of the individual, Modi said that initiatives such as Ujjwala and Saubhagya Yojana are enhancing the dignity of fellow Indians.
Modi also announced the much demanded permanent commission for women in armed forces. So far women were given short service commission in Army, Navy and Air Force.
Stating that the world earlier viewed India for policy paralysis, delayed reforms but now, he said it sees it as a multi-trillion dollar investment destination. He said India’s voice is being heard effectively at the world stage and we are integral parts of forums whose doors were earlier closed for us. From being seen as among the fragile five, India is now the land of reform, perform and transform. “We are all set for record economic growth”, he added.