On the occasion of India’s 75th Independence Day, the South Bengal Frontier, Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday exchanged sweets and greetings with Border Guard Bangladesh on the occasion at ICP Pertrapole and other border outposts. Both the border guarding force exchanged cordial and cogenial relations. The exchange of sweets between the two Forces comes as a goodwill gesture and reflects true comradeship. It also helps in building and strengthening cordial relations, said BSF.

It has been a long-running tradition between the two Forces to exchange sweets on festive occasions. Along with the greetings of Independence Day, BSF is maintaining alertness and strict vigilance along with the border areas. The country is celebrating ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, marking the 75th year of Independence, amid patriotic fervour.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the Independence Day celebrations from Red Fort in New Delhi on Sunday. He hoisted the national flag and delivered the customary address to the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort A series of events are being organised across the country to mark the occasion.

As the country celebrates 75 years of Independence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayaas will ensure the creation of a new India”. Addressing the nation on Independence Day from Red Fort in the national capital, the Prime Minister said “‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayaas’ is very important for the achievement of all our goals.”

“There comes a time in the development journey of every country, when that country redefines itself, moves forward with new resolutions. Today that time has come in India’s development journey…Starting from here, the journey of the next 25 years is the ‘Amrit’ of the creation of a new India. The fulfillment of our resolves in this ‘Amrit Kaal’ will take us till 100 years of independence,” said the Prime Minister.

“That is why we have to fulfill all our resolutions by doing hard work and culmination of valor. Today I am calling from the Red Fort – Sabka Saath – Sabka Vikas – Sabka Vishwa and Sabka Prayaas, as everyone’s efforts are very important for the achievement of our every goal,” he noted.

He said it is essential to fully utilise the capabilities of India to take it to new heights, in the 21st century. For this, PM Modi said that 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 the all-India quota, in medical education. States have been granted the right to make their own OBC lists,” he noted.

PM Modi said now, with the efforts of the government, the 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, government schemes have picked up the pace and are reaching their goals. Now we have to move towards saturation. 100 per cent villages have roads, 100 per cent households have a bank account, 100 per cent beneficiaries should have Ayushman Bharat card, 100 per cent eligible persons should have a gas connection under Ujjwala scheme,” he added.