New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed the nation from Red Fort. PM Modi spoke on various issues in his national address on the 70th Indian Independence Day.
PM Modi sought support from all sections of society to support 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' initiative. PM even added one healthy, educated and economically independent woman can pull a family out of poverty. He even spoke on the bill for extending maternity leave to 26 weeks that the Rajya Sabha passed last week.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said despite the difficulties faced due to two successive years of failed monsoon, his government had brought down the annual inflation rate to below 6 percent from 10 per cent earlier.
PM Modi said his government had managed not only to change people's mindsets towards state-run enterprises but also helped companies like Air India, BSNL and Shipping Corp to make operational profits.
In his address PM Modi openly supported freedom for Balochistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir. He even slammed Pakistan for supporting terrorism.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 20 per cent hike in the pension of freedom fighters."Pension for our freedom fighters will be increased by 20 per cent. So those who are receiving Rs 25,000 will now get Rs 30,000."
PM Modi in the speech thanked the soldiers who are guarding the Indian borders.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the impossible was made possible by adding 21 crore people in the Jan Dhan Yojana. The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana helps to open bank accounts.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the pan-India Goods and Services (GST) tax regime will strengthen the Indian economy and thanked all political parties for the passage of the relevant bill to initiate the process.