Narendra Modi's first I-Day speech: Highlights

Aug 16 2014, 10:50 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort on the occasion of Independence Day (Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi) Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort on the occasion of Independence Day (Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
Summary...Social change with parents talking to their errant sons; Growth with ‘Make in India’

When it came to the big moment, Narendra Modi's first Independence Day address from the ramparts of the Red Fort he subtly shifted gears and promised a new connect between the government and citizens. Here's the top eight noteworthy points from Modi's debut Independence Day speech:

TAKING ALONG

All Prime Ministers, central and state governments have contributed to country’s progress... We want to rule by consensus, not majority.

STRIFE MORATORIUM

The poison of casteism, communalism, sectarianism hinders progress. Let there be a 10-year moratorium on strife in society, let there be no violence or bloodletting.

FINANCIAL INCLUSION

Want to link India’s poor to banks through Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana... Whoever opens an account, gets a debit card and Rs 1 lakh insurance.

SONS & DAUGHTERS

A rapist is also someone’s son. Parents ask daughters questions when they go out, do they ever ask their sons?

SKILLS & MANUFACTURING

I want to invite the whole world, “Come, Make in India” ... Youth must be job creators, skill development is our mission.

CLEANLINESS, SANITATION

Swachh Bharat campaign from Oct 2; in 2019, when we celebrate the Mahatma’s 150th birthday, let there be no village or city in India that is filthy... When we stand here next Aug 15, let there be no school without separate toilets for girls and boys.

VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT

Under a new Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, let every MP develop a village in his or her constituency into a model village by 2016.

END OF PLANNING

We will very soon set up a new institution in place of the Planning Commission to cater to the requirements of the new economic environment.

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