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PM Narendra Modi Announced Slew of Schemes on 68th Independence Day
Aug 17, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made some significant announcements and appeals on 68th Independence Day at the Red Fort.  Here are some of the biggest takeaways from the speech:

Planning Commission to go: The PM's announcement to scrap the Planning Commission and replace it with a super think-tank was the most significant part of his speech.

The Planning Commission, a 65-year-old policy-making body that lays down 5-year plans for the government is said to have waned in the light of new economic realities. There has been a lot of talk about what will this government do about Planning Commission. From the ramparts of the Red Fort Narendra Modi announced, that a new institution would be set up in place of the Planning Commission, which will be based on economic federalism, public-private partnerships and economic realities.

Make in India: Calling businesses around the world to begin manufacturing in India, the PM said, "Come make in India. Be it plastics or cars or satellites or agricultural products, come make in India. India must become a nation that exports instead of imports. We need to encourage the manufacturing sector. We need to channelise the strength of the youth through manufacturing. India has a huge demographic advantage in the world and the country must work towards taking advantage of it.

New Schemes for Poor, Villages: The PM also announced some very significant schemes that will focus on financial inclusion of the poor and ensure rural development. The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana to provide the poor with bank accounts. The person who will open bank account will get a debit card and the family will get Rs 1 lakh insurance cover."

Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana:  Another unique scheme announced is Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.  He urged MPs to adopt a village and turn it into a model village (adarsh gram) by developing schools, roads and environment. Our MPs should at least do this much. The nation's progress must begin with rural development. The blueprint for this scheme will be ready by 11 October, which marks Jayaprakash Narayan's anniversary.

Batting for women: He said parents ask too many questions to the girl child: where she is going, when she will be back, where she will come back from, etc. He said if parents ask a similar number and type of of questions to their sons, many unwanted incidents could be avoided. After all the person raping is someone's son. 

Female foeticide and sanitation for women: Apart from speaking about sexual abuse of women, the PM also spoke of the need to build toilets for women in all schools to retain them in education. He said some might think it is not right for a Prime Minister to speak of toilets from the Red Fort, but it was an issue of prime importance and the nation would need to set target for itself. Within one year, the country should be able to build toilets in all girls' schools. The PM urged doctors and parents not kill a girl child. He said there are many sports persons who have made the country proud by getting medals, and there are many women on that list. He appealed to the nation not to sacrifice the girl child.

Clean India, Digital India: The PM also called for a Clean India by the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in 2019, and pushed for e-governance. India is digitalising very fast, with an increasing number of people gaining access to smart phones and internet every day. India should take advantage of the position and digitalise itself steadily. He said e-governance stood for easy and economic governance.

Moratorium on Violence: In an apparent bid to reach out to the opposition that has been pointing fingers at the government for the increasing cases of communal violence, the PM called for a 10-year moratorium on caste and communal violence. He referred to Naxal violence, saying there are many who take up guns. The guns could turn the soil red, but the plough in others' hands could turn the soil greener. He drew reference to the Maoists of Nepal, and said even they were now engaged in building the constitution of the country.


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