In his first Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled his roadmap for a bold, new India — listing out key welfare schemes along with ‘small ideas’ that could make a big difference.
Listen to all the promises made by the PM in his voice.
An illustration of Narendra Modi (Siddhant Jumde/HT)
Banking for the poorest
Taking banking to the poorest, the Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana will give each family a bank account with a debit card and an insurance cover of Rs. 1 lakh. “Today, there are crores of families that have mobile phones but no bank accounts. We have to change this. Economic development must benefit the poor and it should start from here,” the PM said. Official data puts the number of poor households in India at 6.5 crore.
Adopt a village
Modi asked all members of Parliament to adopt a village in their constituencies and turn it into a model village by 2016 using their development funds. The Sansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana strives to usher improvements in health, sanitation, greenery and cordiality.
Enter the digital age
The PM wants to connect every Indian through technology, provide governance via mobile phones and have every village on a broadband platform. “E-governance is easy governance, effective governance and economic governance,” he said.
A skilled workforce
The government’s mission is two-pronged — create a skilled workforce that can be employed anywhere in the world and encourage entrepreneurship to create more jobs at home. And the aim is to do this at a rapid pace.
Make in India
Modi invited global manufacturers to ‘come, make in India’ and sell it to the world, with an aim to strike a balance between imports and exports and create jobs. “We have the skill, talent, discipline and determination to do something,” he said in his speech.Zero defect, zero effect
The PM encouraged domestic manufacturers to adopt a policy of ‘zero defect, zero effect’ — make top-of-the-line products with no ill effect on the environment. He said ‘Made in India’ must stand for quality products.
Clean India campaign
Modi aims to clean up all the cities and villages of the country by 2019, when the country observes the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The government plans to achieve this with public and private participation.
Toilets in schools
The government’s target before the next I-Day is a toilet in every school, and a separate one for girls. MPs will have to take the mission forward. Corporate participation has also been sought under their corporate social responsibility.
Planning commission out
Planning Commission set up by former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru is on its way out. It will make way for an institution that gives a new direction to the country through creative thinking, public-private partnership and optimum utilisation of resources.
Taking the war to end poverty to another level, PM called for all South Asian countries to join India. “Why not get together with all Saarc nations to plan the fight against poverty? Let’s fight together and defeat poverty,” he said.