Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on 15th August 2014. His extempore speech was inspiring and motivating especially for the youth. He captured the hearts of millions of his countrymen and women by stating that he is our Pradhan Sevak (Prime Servant).
The PM affirmed that our Nation has been built by our farmers, workers, mothers and sisters, our youth, sages and saints, maestros, teachers, scientists and social workers. He paid his respects to the architects of the Constitution of India. He generously saluted all former Prime Ministers and earlier governments for the progress the country has made so far.
The PM stated that in the two and half months since his Govt took over, he has observed several governments within the main Govt fighting against each other. He has started making efforts to make the Govt a harmonious whole – with one aim, one mind, one direction, one energy – and steer the country towards one destination.
Referring to assaults on women and young girls, he said parents ask their daughters umpteen questions for their safety. But are parents also asking their sons so many questions? He further stated that terrorists are also somebody’s children. Have the parents asked why their children are adopting a wrong path? Instead of holding guns, if the misguided youth shoulder the plough, the earth would become green and beautiful. He gave the example of Nepal where the youth have forsaken the path of violence and are associated with forming the Constitution. This should serve as an inspiration for our youth too.
Regarding female foeticide, he stated that doctors (for monetary gains) and parents must not sacrifice daughters in the hope of a son. So many old parents live in old-age homes, as their sons do not take care of them, while daughters sacrifice their own dreams to take care of old parents.
He differentiated between people in private jobs and government service, and said we have to revive the feeling that the latter are indeed doing a great service.
He said his Govt will soon launch a scheme for the poorest citizens – Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana. He also said 65% of India’s population is below the age of 35 years. He proposed a two-pronged development of youngsters – (i) those who are able to create jobs and (ii) those who work with acquired skills.
Stressing on promotion of tourism, the PM said that for tourism, our country needs to be clean. Our 125 crore citizens should decide they would not spread filthiness in cities and villages. We should aim at having not a spot of dirt on our roads, in cities, villages, schools, hospitals, temples, etc. by 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
He acknowledged that the need of the hour is to build toilets in villages and in schools. With the help of state governments, toilets in schools, with separate toilets for girls, should be the target by 15th August 2015. The PM also appealed to the corporate sector to help in building toilets in villages and schools as part of their CSR. He also urged MPs and MLAs in all states to select any village (with a population of 3000 to 5000, based on certain criteria) under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, and transform it into a Model Village by 2016.
The PM emphasized on a relook at the Planning Commission, in order to strengthen our federal structure and make it robust. A joint team of the Centre and the State Governments should move forward to empower the state governments, he said. Finally, the PM mooted the idea of getting together all SAARC nations to plan out the fight against poverty.
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