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Highlights of PM's I-Day speech

india Updated: Aug 15, 2007 08:49 IST

Following are the highlights of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's address on India's 60th Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort here on Wednesday:

India is on the move - poverty eradication is now a feasible goal
Time for a revolution in modern education
Widening access to education a key goal
Farmers welfare core of all concerns; need to bridge rural-urban divide
Industrialization most effective means to create new employment opportunities
India's approach to global problems based on the idea that the whole world is one family
India's composite culture and pluralism make it bridge between global divides
Massive increase in public spending on education, health care, agriculture and rural development
To promote social security in unorganised sector
Old age pension scheme for senior citizens above 65 and below poverty line
New health insurance scheme for poor
Revolution in modern education
6,000 new good quality government funded schools to come up
Secondary education to be made universal
Centre to help states set up colleges in 370 districts
To raise gross enrolment ratio in schools
30 new central universities to be set up
Mission on vocational education and skill development
1,600 new industrial training institutes and polytechnics
10,000 new vocational schools
50,000 new skill development centres
100,000 students to get vocational training
National rural employment guarantee programme for entire country
Special programme on investment in agriculture
New thrust to industrialization and planned urbanization
National campaign for cleanliness