New Delhi, Aug 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi while delivering his fifth Independence Day address said that in order to fulfil the dreams of Indians, Baba Saheb Ambedkar gave us the Constitution which has been a guide for our country and taking forward the people.
While referring to the monsoons, he said that the nation had witnessed good rains, but at the same time parts of India had been affected by flooding. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives due to this.
Modi who is delivering his last Independence Day speech before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections was sporting a white attire with a saffron turban.
He went on to speak about the productive Monsoon session of Parliament. He said that the session was devoted to social justice. The Parliament session witnessed the passage of the bill to create an OBC Commission. Dalits, women and other weak sections of the society have been empowered.
He said 125 crores Indians did not just stop at forming the government in 2014, instead, they continuously strive to make the country better. This is the strength of India. Referring to Aurobindo, Modi said Our country is not just an imagination but a huge power which brings us together.
Speaking about the government's work of four years, he said that if we would have at the 2013 speed, it would have taken a century to make India open defecation free or electrifying every part of the country or even providing LPG gas connections to every women in rural and urban areas. Had we worked at the 2013 speed (UPA regime), an entire generation would have taken a century to connect with optical fibre, Modi also said.
We are proud of what we have achieved, but we also need to look where we have come from. That is when we will realise the unbelievable strides that the nation has taken, Modi further said.
It is the same land, same sky, same sea, government offices, but in the pat four India has moved ahead with new zeal and hence today twice as many highways have been constructed. A record number of crops have been produced and a record number of mobile phones have been manufactured, Modi said.
Talking about Digital India, Modi said that the government is working with the aim of becoming a digital country. We are combining spiritual, sciences to bring in developments in various sectors. Our forces are working tirelessly across the country in every part of the country helping the common people. The same forces are also capable of successfully conducting surgical strikes when called into actions.
Modi further added that the veterans of the Armed Forces were demanding One Rank One Pension. However no body was listening to them. When we came to power, we took the decision to provide them OROP. We have the acumen to take bold decisions, Modi further added.