Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid out the blueprint for a new and assertive India on Sunday, announcing a raft of development initiatives, including the historic Rs. 100 lakh crore “Gatishakti” project to expand infrastructure and job prospects. In his eighth consecutive address from the ramparts of Red Fort on the 75th anniversary of India’s freedom from British colonial rule, Modi called for “new thresholds, aspirations, and dreams” for the next 25 years in the run-up to the centenary of the country’s independence. He claims that as a result, India will have all of the world’s modern infrastructure.
“India has given a stern signal to its enemies by conducting surgical and airstrikes. This tells us that India is changing and can take the most difficult decisions and isn’t reluctant to implement them,” he added and assured that his government would leave no stone unturned in strengthening the armed forces tasked with the security of the country.
He described the next 25 years as “Amrit Kaal,” a reference to achieving the greatest in every field, and said the nation cannot wait that long to achieve these goals, so everyone must make “prayas” for them. While India has achieved significant progress, he believes that there should be a “saturation” of development and 100% achievement with every hamlet having roads, every household having a bank account, and every eligible person having health insurance, a card, and a gas connection.
He stated that the world recognises India’s political will for major reforms, noting that the country has received record foreign investment and has record currency reserves. He said India has to move on with new vows for the next 25 years as he drew a blueprint for the country’s overall growth and that of its people.
According to him, the Rs. 100 lakh crore programme will set the foundation for the country’s total infrastructure, including transportation, lowering travel time and increasing production. The proposal will pave the way for future economic zones to emerge.
He also announced the establishment of a National Hydrogen Mission to make India the new global hub and greatest exporter of green carbon-free hydrogen fuel, with a goal date of 2047 for India to attain energy self-reliance.
Modi said his government has ensured reservations for Dalits, backwards, tribals and the general category poor after Parliament passed a bill reinstating states’ powers to construct their own OBC lists. He added that hand-holding of underprivileged populations is vital.
In other remarks, Modi stated that the government will fortify rice provided to the needy through various programmes like Midday Meal in order to combat malnutrition. To commemorate the ongoing ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav,’ he also announced that 75 ‘Vande Bharat’ trains will connect various areas of the country in 75 weeks. He described the New Education Policy as a tool to combat poverty, stating that it will encourage the teaching of regional languages.
PM also stated that the nature of international relations altered after WWII, and a post-coronavirus pandemic scenario could result in the new world order.