75th Independence Day: From Dais Of Red Fort, PM Modi Makes Several Key Announcements

The Prime Minister paid respect to the “Father of Nation” i.e., Mahatma Gandhi on 75th Independence Day at Rajghat before addressing the nation at the Red Fort in Delhi. On this historic day, he also raised the Indian national flag.

The establishment of a National Hydrogen Mission to make India a global powerhouse for green hydrogen was a momentous statement.

Here are some of the important announcements made by Prime Minister Modi in his I-day address on August 15, which was his eighth straight national address:

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1.       Modi started the speech by saying, "I'd want to start by expressing my best wishes on this unique Independence Day. Today is a day to honour our nation's outstanding freedom fighters." 

2.       The National Hydrogen Mission will be established to make India the new worldwide centre for green hydrogen and its greatest exporter.

3.       Girls will be admitted to all Sainik Schools across the country. Until now, these were solely available to boys. Prime Minister Modi stated that several girls had given him messages in this regard.

4.       Rice given to the underprivileged under various initiatives will be reinforced by 2024. This includes rice from ration stores and rice distributed under the mid-day meal programme.

5.       An e-commerce platform will be built to raise awareness of items developed by 80 million members of various women-only self-help groups.

6.       As part of the "Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav," 75 Vande Bharat trains will be launched, linking various sections of the country. The initiative kicked off on March 12 this year to commemorate the Dandi March and will run through August 15, 2023, when the country marks its 77th Independence Day.

7.       The Pradhan Mantri Gati Shakti National Master Plan, which would provide a holistic approach to infrastructure development, will be launched soon.

8.       By 2030, India's railways will be carbon-neutral.

9.       The Prime Minister has asked the nation to congratulate the athletes who have represented India admirably at the Tokyo Olympics. The Prime Minister stated that they have not only won our hearts but have also inspired future generations.

10.   PM Modi stated that infrastructure such as roads and electricity have reached communities in recent years. Today, optical fibre networks are bringing data power to villages, and the internet is making its way there; digital entrepreneurs are gearing up in villages as well, he said.

11.   In his speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed the importance of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, and Sabka Prayaas (cooperation, development, trust, and collective endeavour).'

12.   In Jammu and Kashmir, a delimitation commission has been established, and preparations for future assembly elections are underway, he added during his speech.

13.   Aside from basic facilities and reservations for Dalits, backwards, tribals, and economically vulnerable elements of the general category, OBCs were recently granted reservations in medical education under an all-India quota. The PM stated that states have been given the authority to create their OBC lists.