Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisted the national flag at the ramparts of Red Fort for the third time as India celebrates its 70th Independence Day . Heavy security arrangements were put in place for the grand celebrations.
PM Narendra Modi Speaking for over 90 minutes, PM touched upon the achievements of his government over the last 2 years and stressed that the only way the country can move forward is through unity. “Ek Bharat, Shreshta Bharat,” Modi reiterated, further adding that there would be no tolerance for violence in the country and that social discrimination should be ended.
Here are the highlights of PM Modi’s speech:
- The two announcements that Prime Minister Modi made in his speech were an increase of 20 % in the pension of freedom fighters and that the government will bear Rs 1 lakh medical costs for poor families.
- Modi also spoke about the terror attack in Peshawar saying there were tears in Parliament over the senseless killings. “This is the example of our humanitarian approach, but there are some countries who glorify terrorists,” he said, hitting out at Pakistan.
- Over the last few days, the Prime Minister’s Office had invited suggestions from all citizens for the themes and issues he needs to address in his speech.
People were asked to send in their inputs through the MyGov website and app.