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Published On: Tue, Aug 15th, 2017

PM Narendra Modi vows to create a ‘New India’ by 2022

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pm-modi-independence-day-speech-pti_650x400_51502779751NEW DELHI : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called for a “New India” that will be free of casteism, communalism, terrorism and corruption as he urged those wielding the gun in J&K to join the mainstream so that the Kashmir problem is solved through “embrace”.Unlike last year, PM Modi made no direct reference to Pakistan, or to the border row with China, but said, “security is our top priority and India can defend itself from anyone who seeks to act against our country.”

Prime Minster  Modi  spoke on numerous issues which stare the country, including the recent natural disasters and the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy. Modi also touched upon various issues confronting India’s Centre-state ties, economic reforms, communalism, financial inclusion, triple talaq, and highlighted his idea of building a new India.
Gorakhpur tragedy
The people of India stand shoulder to shoulder with those affected in the wake of natural disasters in parts of the country and the death of children in the Gorakhpur hospital.  “People of India stand shoulder to shoulder with those affected due to natural disasters and the great tragedy in Uttar Pradesh, where little, innocent children died in a hospital,” PM Modi said. Over 70 children have died in the last one week at the hospital in UP’s Gorakhpur amid a deadly outbreak of encephalitis.  He mourned the tragic death of children at a Gorakhpur hospital in the past week and for the lives lost in floods.

The Quit India Movement was “Bharat Chhodo,” but the call today is “Bharat Jodo.” We have to take the country ahead with the determination of creating a ‘New India’. From 1942 to 1947, the country had demonstrated collective strength, in the coming 5 years, we have to take the country forward with the same collective strength, commitment and hard work. In our nation, there is no one big or small…everybody is equal.
“I invoke Team India to run for a New India by 2022. By then the poor shall have concrete houses, the farmer shall double his income, youths and women will get ample opportunities, an India free of casteism, terrorism, corruption,” the Prime Minister said.  Together we can bring a positive change in the nation.

We have to move forward for making a New India with the collective strength of 125 crore people without any discrimination of small and big people. We have to leave this ‘Chalta Hai’ attitude. We have to think of ‘Badal Sakta Hai’– this attitude will help us as a nation. We have to move forward with this belief and commitment.
Our resolve is to build an India, which provides all the opportunities to the youth and women to fulfil their dreams. Our resolve is to build such an India, free from terrorism, communalism and casteism. We will build together an India, where there will be no place for nepotism and corruption. We will build together such an India, which will be clean, healthy and fulfil the dream of self-rule (Swaraj).
Indian youth
1st January 2018 will not be an ordinary day – those born in this century will start turning 18. They are Bhagya Vidhatas of our nation. Nature of job is changing with changing demand and changing technology. We are nurturing our youngsters to be job creators and not job seekers.

J&K
PM Modi reached out to the young in violence-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir, inviting those wielding guns to “join the mainstream”. His government, the Prime Minister said, was determined to restore to Kashmir its status of “heaven on earth,” stating, “Bullets or abuses won’t solve Kashmir’s problem… change can be brought only by embracing Kashmiris.”

Declaring that Kashmir, “the heaven”, should be restored to its old glory, the Prime Minister said there had been a lot of mutual recrimination and blamed a “handful” of separatists for adopting new tactics to keep the problem festering. “Na gaali se, na goli se, samasya suljegi gale lagane se,” (Neither bullets nor recrimination, the problem will be solved by embracing Kashmiris), Modi said.

“There is no question of being soft on terrorism or terrorists. You (terrorists) come to the mainstream… Only mainstream can bring new energy in life,” he said, adding that many Maoists had joined the mainstream. But, he also emphasised, “There is no question of being soft on terrorism or terrorists.”
He used the address to send out another strong message on recent mob attacks by cow vigilantes, saying, “violence in the name of faith is unacceptable.” The Prime Minister said, “India is about peace, unity and amity,” the PM said, stressing that they had no place in the new India.
Internal security
Security of the country is our priority. Internal security is our priority. Whether it is our oceans or borders, cyber world or space for all kind of security India is capable to defeat all such inimical forces. Our uniformed forces have achieved the pinnacle of sacrifice in fighting left-wing extremism, terrorism, infiltration and elements disturbing peace. The world had to recognise the strength of India and its clout in the surgical strike. One rank, One Pension policy has boosted the morale of our security forces.
Corruption, black money
Those who have looted the nation and looted the poor are not able to sleep peacefully today. Today, we are celebrating the “festival of honesty”. No law was passed for those having Benami property for years. However after the recent passage of the Benami Act, within a short span of time, government has confiscated Benami property worth Rs800 crores when these things happen, common men feel that this country is for the honest people.
Our fight against black money and corruption will continue and move forward and the loot in the country will not be allowed. Our strive for a Corruption Free India has yielded results. Black money worth Rs1.25 trillion has been unearthed. Over 1.75 lakh fake companies have been shut down.
Federalism
GST has shown the spirit of cooperative federalism. The nation has come together to support GST and the role of technology has also helped. Post GST savings and efficiency in transportation sector has increased. Efficiency has gone up by 30%. Today, the poor of the country is joining the main stream and the country is moving towards the path of progress. Good governance is about speed and simplification of processes.We have moved from Co-operative Federalism to Competitive Co-operative federalism.

He said 18 lakh people had been identified with assets more than their known sources of income. “Of this, 4.5 lakh people have accepted their fault. Interestingly, one lakh had never heard about income tax.” Talking about the benefits of note ban, he said black money holders were doing business through shell companies. Now three lakh shell companies indulging in hawala trade had been detected.

“Some 1.75 lakh such shell companies have been de-registered and 400 (had) a single address. There was nobody to check or question them. All of it was being done in connivance… “I have launched a big war on black money and corruption in the interest of poor and future generations.”  Modi said demonetisation had led to banks cutting down interest rates and increase in digital transactions by 34 per cent, pushing the country into a less-cash mode.
Goods and Services Tax
Dealing with the new Goods and Services Tax, he said this was brought and implemented in a short span of time, stunning the world. Asserting that GST would bring about transparency, he said removal of checkposts had led to 30 per cent efficiency in goods transport system.
India in world
India’s stature in the world is rising. The world is with us in fighting the menace of terror. I thank all nations helping us doing so. People would be the driving force behind the establishment, rather than the other way around – Tantra se Lok nahin, Lok se tantra chalega. New India will be the biggest strength of democracy.
Muslim women, triple talaq
I want to mention those women who have to suffer due to ‘Triple Talaq’ – I admire their courage. We are with them in their struggles.
Communalism, cow vigilantes
India is about Shanti, Ekta and Sadbhavana. Casteism and communalism will not help us. Violence in the name of ‘Astha’ is not something to be happy about, it will not be accepted in India. The country is being run by peace, unity and harmony. It is our civilisation and culture to take everybody along.
Development
We are taking the nation on a new track (of development) and are moving ahead with speed. We are devoting significant attention to eastern India – Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Northeast. These parts have to grow further.More than 14000 un-electrified villages have been electrified. We shall build together an India, where the poor will have concrete houses with water and electricity connection.
Farmers
Our farmers have worked hard to ensure a Record foodgrain production. Over 5.75 crore farmers have been covered under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojana. Under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana, 30 projects have been completed while work is on for 50 more projects. Under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samapada Yojana we are providing handholding to the farmers from availing seeds to accessing the markets for their produce.
We will build such an India, where the farmers will have a peaceful sleep without any worry. He will earn double than what he is earning today.
Financial inclusion
29 crore JanDhan accounts opened. More than 8 crore youth have received loans without any guarantee. More money has come to the banks due to demonetization which will give impetus to the economy. Our country has the world’s largest youth population. Today is the era of IT and let’s move ahead on the path of digital transaction. Let us lead from front, promote digital economy and adopt the Bhim App.
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