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Independence Day: PM Modi calls for 'Sabka Prayaas', announces Rs 100 lakh cr Gati Shakti plan

Addressing the nation from Red Fort, PM Modi said the government will soon roll out a Rs 100 lakh crore 'Gati Shakti' infrastructure plan that will transform the country.

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New Delhi Updated on: August 15, 2021 10:11 IST

75th Independence Day 2021: Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the iconic Red Fort on the occasion of 75th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday chalked out plans to pave the way for country's rapid development in the coming years. PM Modi started his over 90-minute speech by paying tributes to nation's first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel and Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar and said that the country will always be indebted to them. PM Modi gave a call for ‘Sabka Prayas’ (everyone's efforts) along with 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas' for building a self-reliant India.

PM Modi also greeted the Olympians who have just returned from Tokyo Olympics and applauded their achievements. 

Referring to the continuous battle against COVID-19, PM Modi expressed grief and offered his condolences to the families of those who lost their dear ones due to the disease, and also lauded the untiring efforts of the Covid warriors. He hailed the scientists while underlining that India was carrying out world's largest vaccination program. 

PM Modi said the government will soon roll out a Rs 100 lakh crore 'Gati Shakti' infrastructure plan that will provide jobs to lakhs of people and transform the country.

PM Modi's Independence Day speech: Highlights

9:10 am | PM Modi greets the Indian contingent that participated in Tokyo Olympics and NCC cadets

9:05 am | Time for change: PM Modi concludes Independence Speech at Red Fort

"Our youth is the 'Can Do' Generation, and they can achieve everything they set their mind to. Our actions today will determine our future. Our today will set the theme of our 100 years of India's Independence,” PM Modi concluded his 15th August speech at Red Fort

9:03 am | Surgical strikes showed India's resolve: PM Modi

By conducting surgical strikes and airstrikes, we have given a message of the emergence of a new India to our enemies. It also conveys that India can take tough decisions: PM Modi from the ramparts of Red Fort on Independence Day

9:02 am | PM announces launch of National Hydrogen Mission

9:01 am | PM Modi says Indian Railways to be energy net-zero by 2030

Today, we have to pledge to make India energy independent before completing 100 years of independence. India has moved towards electric mobility and work is underway on 100% electrification of Indian Railways with the aim to becoming net-zero carbon emitter by the year 2030: PM

8:59 am | Sports must be encouraged: Modi

There was a time when sports wasn't considered a part of the mainstream. Parents used to tell children that they would spoil their life if they kept playing. Now, awareness regarding sports & fitness has come within the country. We have experienced this in Olympics this time: PM

8:56 am | All sainik schools will be opened for girls, says PM Modi in I-Day speech

In a move towards strengthening Beti Bachao Beti Padhao initiative, our daughters will now be able to study in Sainik schools too. Today, be it education or Olympics our daughters are performing tremendously. We have to ensure that they get equal opportunities and they feel safe and respected: PM Modi


8:53 am | NEP means to fight poverty, will focus on teaching in regional languages: PM Modi

National Education Policy will also focus on encouraging teaching in regional languages. When students will learn their lessons in a language that is close to their hearts, it will surely give them new founded confidence: PM

8:49 am | Govt will develop e-commerce platform for products made by women SHGs in villages: PM

"We are promoting roads, healthcare, education, employment and nutrition in over 110 Aspirational Districts that were lacking on the development matrix. Many of these districts are in tribal areas. We are working hard to ensure these districts reach the level of all other districts in India," the prime minister said.

8:43 am | Several old laws of the country scrapped, says PM Modi

Our priority will be to ensure that the services reach the last person seamlessly. For the all-round development of the nation, it is essential to end the unnecessary interference of govt and government procedures in the lives of people. Earlier, the govt was sitting in the driver seat. Maybe it was needed at that time. But the time has changed now. Efforts have increased in the last 7 years to free the people from the web of unnecessary laws & procedures. Several unnecessary laws have been scrapped so far: PM Narendra Modi

8:39 am | World is a witness to how India is writing a new chapter of governance: PM Modi on 75th Independence Day

8:36 am | Our mantra is 'Chhota kisan bane desh ki shaan': Modi

8:34 am | India must focus on manufacturing and export: PM Modi

We have to work together for the next-generation infrastructure, world-class manufacturing, cutting innovations and new-age technology: PM Modi on 75th Independence Day

8:30 am | 75 weeks of 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav', 75 'Vande Bharat' trains will connect different parts of the country

8:25 am | PM Modi launches Gati Shakti scheme to help create jobs for the youth: PM 

8:29 am | India needs to focus on small farmers, they must become India's pride: Modi

In the coming years, we will have to increase the collective power of the small farmers of the country. We have to give them new facilities. They must become the country's pride: PM Modi at Red Fort

8:14 am | Villages changing rapidly; digital entrepreneurs getting ready in villages too: PM Modi


Today we see our villages changing rapidly. In past few yrs, facilities like road & electricity have reached villages. Today, optical fiber network is providing the power of data to villages, internet is reaching there. Digital entrepreneurs are getting ready in villages too: PM

8:11 am | Hand-holding of deprived communities necessary; OBC bill will provide reservation to the backward class: PM Modi

"It is essential to fully utilise the capabilities of India to take it to new heights, in the 21st century. For this, we have to hold hands of the section that is lagging behind, the area that is lagging behind. Besides caring about basic facilities, reservation for Dalits, backwards, tribals, economically weak sections of general category. Recently reservation was granted to OBCs, under all-India quota, in medical education. States have been granted right to make their own OBC lists," PM Modi said.

8:09 am | Development of J&K visible on ground; Delimitation exercise on: PM Modi

Delimitation Commission has been constituted in Jammu and Kashmir and preparations are on for assembly elections in the future. On the one hand, Ladakh is witnessing the creation of modern infrastructure, while on the other hand Indus Central University will make Ladakh a center of higher education: PM Modi during his Independence Day speech

8:06 am | PM Modi says development should be inclusive

Development should be inclusive. The Northeast region, the Himalayan region including Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, the coastal belt and tribal regions will make a foundation for India's development in the future: PM Modi on Independence Day

8:04 am | Hand-holding of deprived communities necessary: PM Modi

It is essential to fully utilise the capabilities of India to take it to new heights, in the 21st century. For this, we have to hold hands of the section that is lagging behind, the area that is lagging behind: PM Narendra Modi

8:02 am | Benefits of many schemes that started in the last 7 years have reached the doorsteps of crores of poor. From Ujjwala to Ayushman Bharat, the poor of the nation knows their (schemes') strength. Today, govt schemes have picked up pace & are reaching their goals: PM Narendra Modi at Red Fort

7:59 am | 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayaas' is very important for the achievement of all our goals: Prime Minister Narendra Modi 

7:57 am  | We have to ensure we meet our goal of building Aatmanirbhar Bharat when we celebrate 100 years of India's Independence: PM Modi

7:56 am | A time comes in the development journey of every country when that nation defines itself from a new end, when it takes itself forward with new resolutions. Today, that time has come in India's development journey: PM Narendra Modi 

7:54 am | India is now conducting the biggest vaccine drive, says PM Modi

We can proudly say that the largest COVID19 vaccination program is being run in India today. More than 54 crore people have received vaccine doses so far: PM Modi at Red Fort

7:50 am | India is not dependent on others for Covid vaccine: PM Modi

Indians have fought this battle (COVID) with a lot of patience. We had many challenges but we worked with extraordinary pace in every area. It's a result of strength of our industrialists & scientists, that today India doesn't need to depend on any other nation for vaccines, PM Modi says

7:43 am | Partition's pains can never be forgotten

7:39 am | PM Modi lauds Tokyo Olympic winners

7:36 am | PM Modi hails Covid warriors

"During COVID, our doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, sanitation workers, scientists who were developing vaccines & crores of citizens who were working with a sense of service -all those who devoted every moment to serve others in this period, deserve our appreciation," PM Modi at Red Fort

7:32 am | Flower petals showered at Red Fort by two Mi 17 1V helicopters of Indian Air Force in Amrut Formation

7:30 am |  Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses nation on 75th Independence Day

"I convey my greetings on this special occasion of Independence Day. This is a day to remember our great freedom fighters," says PM Modi at Red Fort

7:29 am |  Modi hoists the National Flag from the ramparts of Red Fort

7:27 am | Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspects the guard of honour at Red Fort

7:25 am | ITBP jawans celebrate 75th Independence Day at the banks of Pangong Tso in Ladakh | Watch

7:23 am | Rajnath Singh, MoS Defence Ajay Bhatt and Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar receive PM Modi at Red Fort

7:21 am | Joe Biden wishes India on 75th Independence Day

US President Joe Biden has wished India on the 75th Independence Day and said, “Together, we must show the world that our two great and diverse democracies can deliver for people everywhere. I wish all those celebrating today, in India, in the United States, and throughout the world, a safe and happy Indian Independence Day. On August 15, 1947, India achieved its long journey towards independence, guided by Mahatma Gandhi’s message of truth and non-violence. Over decades, ties between our people, including vibrant community of over 4 million Indian-Americans, have strengthened our partnership.”

7:19 am | J&K: Indian Army hoists the national flag, along with locals, in Naushera sector of Rajouri district 

7:17 am | Delhi: Security tightened across the national capital

7:12 am | PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat on 75th Independence Day

7: 07 am | Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hoists national flag at his residence in Delhi

6:48 am | Indian Olympic athletes leave from Ashoka Hotel for national flag hoisting ceremony at Red Fort

6:36 am | Six army personnel including Captain Ashutosh Kumar to be conferred with Shaurya Chakra on independence day

Six army personnel including Captain Ashutosh Kumar will be conferred with Shaurya Chakra- the third highest gallantry award in the country, on Independence Day. The recipients of the prestigious award are Major Arun Kumar Pandey, Major Ravi Kumar Chaudhary, Captain Ashutosh Kumar (posthumously), Captain Vikas Khatri, Rifleman Mukesh Kumar and Sepoy Neeraj Ahlawat, according to the Indian Army.

6:27 am | I felt good that the country felt proud because of me: Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra

“Earlier, we used to watch it (the flag hoisting ceremony) on TV, and now we are personally going there. It is a new experience. We hadn't won a gold medal in individual sports for so long. I felt good that the country felt proud because of me," Neeraj Chopra, India's gold-winner at the Olympics, says.

6:02 am | Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav: PM Narendra Modi greets India on Independence Day

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