Manned space mission by 2022: PM Modi during Independence Day speech

16 August, 2018, 09:22 | Author: Carlos George
  • No Election Speech by Modi at Red Fort

In a almost 90 minute-long speech, Modi, sporting a traditional saffron coloured headgear, listed his government's achievements, especially in programmes aimed at providing housing, sanitation and clean drinking water to the poor.

Taking note of India's progress at the global stage, the Prime Minister said that from being seen as among the fragile five, India is now the land of reform, perform and transform.

India will provide health insurance to 100 million families to help them access good quality and affordable healthcare, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday (Aug 15) in a keynote national speech before a looming election campaign.

Reaffirming his mantra of "sabka saath, sabka vikas" (take everyone along, development for all), the prime minister said there would be no discrimination against any section and there would be no nepotism and favouritism. He said law was supreme and no one could take it into their hands.

"The reforms initiated in the last few years, including RERA, IBC and GST, have started yielding results, and there is no doubt that the continuance of the reform mode will usher in a high growth phase going ahead".

People who expected some respite from the last Independence Day Speech of Modi are disappointed. "They successfully completed the Mars mission".

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Despite such a small budget, India has made remarkable progress.

In his welfare pitch - which has become a key narrative of his government ever since Congress president Rahul Gandhi's 'suit-boot ki sarkar' jibe threatened to give it a pro-rich image - Modi laid out all of his government's initiatives, from cooking gas to rural housing, health insurance, rural electrification and Mudra loans.

Modi said that rape must disturb us and he pushed for hanging rapists. "There is record food production, highways and houses are being constructed rapidly, tractor sales and mobile manufacturing are rising, as is purchase of new aircraft, and new IITs, AIIMS and IIMs are coming up too", PM Modi said. This claim, however, has been widely criticised by farmers' groups and analysts in the past, who say it is only an eyewash as the Modi government is using a lower cost of production in its calculations. "But, now the world is saying that policy decisions are being taken as per the "reform, perform and transform" norm". "Our dream is to make the incomes of farmers twice by 2022", he added.

Industry body Ficci welcomed "firm resolve" of the prime minister to position India among the top economies of the world.

The Prime Minister also used the platform to push his government's stance on the contentious issue of instant divorce, or instant triple talaq, among Muslims. "In the last four years, we have taken Delhi to northeast's doorstep", he said.

The healthcare scheme is likely to benefit 50 crore people in the country.

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