Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets schoolchildren after addressing the nation during Independence Day celebrations at the historic Red Fort in Delhi, India, August 15, 2018.
Modi drew a comparison between the situation in 2013 and how things stand today, and said if the pace of the UPA government's past year was maintained, it would have taken decades, centuries and generations to build as many toilets, distribute as many LPG connections among the poor and lay down as much optical fibre as his government has done.
In a strong election pitch, Modi reached out to Dalits, poor, youth, farmers, women, fishermen, security forces, middle class and upper middle class by referring to the work done by his government and his endeavour to improve their lives. "My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in these floods, in various parts of India", he said. Touching upon the recent positive developments, Modi said, "We are celebrating the day when our daughters have brought us laurels (Navy personnel circumnavigating the globe on INSV Tarini)...the Monsoon session of Parliament was about social justice".
Alleging that the previous governments had allowed a climate of corruption to thrive, the Prime Minister said his government had eliminated power brokers from Delhi and plugged loopholes in various schemes like Public Distribution System that had led to savings of Rs 90,000 crore. It has not happened in just the last four years.
Prior to 2014, India was likened to policy paralysis and delayed reforms.
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The government's motto, he said, is "reform, perform and transform".
"Today the world says that the sleeping elephant has woken up, is walking and has joined the race", Modi added.
Industry body Ficci welcomed "firm resolve" of the prime minister to position India among the top economies of the world. "India will be the engine of growth". "We are not partisan", he said.
He said the structural reforms like a national tax replacing various state and local taxes, bankruptcy and insolvency laws, and a crackdown on corruption have helped transform the economy.
"We are all set for record economic growth".
An Indian astronaut will go on a space odyssey by 2022 on board "Gaganyaan", Modi said today.
PM Modi mentions that Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana will be launched on September 25 on Deen Dayal Upadhyay's birth anniversary.
The plan - popularly known as "Modicare" - will cover about 500 million Indians, a mass of people larger than the population of South America. "It is essential to ensure that we free the poor of India from the clutches of poverty due to which they can not afford healthcare".
In 2013, Modi had created a Red Fort-like replica in Chhattisgarh and from there he had challenged then prime minister Manmohan Singh to an open debate on the issues of corruption, China and Pakistan threatening the territorial integrity of India, falling rupee and failing economy, rampant unemployment as also discrimination vis-a-vis farmers and India's women, Surjewala said.
Asserting that technology will play a crucial role in the implementation of the programme, he said in four to six weeks, testing of these technology tools under the scheme will start.
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