INDIA’S 75th Independence Day was celebrated across the nation and overseas on Sunday, August 15. Addressing the people at the main national function for the eight successive years from the historic Red Fort, erstwhile India’s capital till British took over its reins, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Government is committed to ensure gender quality, improve a lot of the small farming community and protect the environment by ushering in hydrocarbon revolution. Sainik Schools will be thrown open to girls and sports have been made part of the New Education Policy, he said in the presence of the Tokyo Olympic Indian contingent. Chief Ministers, Governors and Lieutenant Governors also hoisted the national flags in their respective states & Union Territories. Modi congratulated Tokyo 2020 Olympians saying they made the nation proud. They have not only won our hearts but also inspired our young generation. Partition’s pains can never be forgotten and yesterday Government took an emotional decision of marking 14th August as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day, he added. Coronavirus has posed a big challenge to the country as well as the entire humanity against which the people of the country fought. He saluted the scientists, doctors and frontline workers who have showcased their undeterred vigour in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a moment of pride for us that because of our scientists, we were able to develop two Make In India COVID Vaccines and carry out the world’s Largest Vaccine Drive. The practice of giving Digital certificates after the COVID Vaccination has caught the attention of the world. After all our collective efforts we also lost many in this fight against COVID-19 and this unbearable pain will always remain with us, he added. The government is working towards putting in place world-class infrastructure in health and other sectors believing in Minimum government & maximum governance. Mr. Modi said, we have to ensure that we meet our goal of building an Aatma Nirbhar Bharat when we celebrate 100 years of India’s Independence. Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas are important in fulfilling all the dreams of the nation. The Prime Minister said adding we have to connect 100 percent of our citizens with schemes like Ayushman Bharat, Ujjwala Yojna, Pension Yojna, Awas Yojna, etc among others. We have to move forward with the goal of ensuring that every citizen is connected with the government’s transformative schemes. He expressed happiness that just within two years of Jal Jeevan Mission, over 4.5 Crore families have started receiving Nal Se Jal. This is the main achievement when the benefit reaches the last mile citizen. The nutrition program is among the government’s key focus areas. The government has also been working on preventive healthcare and building health and wellness infrastructure. The launch of ‘Pradhan Mantri Gatishakti National Master Plan’ will help local manufacturers turn globally competitive and also develop possibilities of new future economic zones. India imported mobile phones worth USD 8 billion seven years ago and is now exporting USD 3 billion worth of mobile phones, the prime minister said. The development of Jammu and Kashmir is visible on the ground, Modi said, adding that the delimitation exercise is on and preparations are underway for assembly polls there. Reservation is being ensured for Dalits, STs, backward and general category poor, he added in his speech and emphasized that the hand-holding of deprived communities is necessary. “We have to bridge the gap between lives in villages and cities,” the prime minister said. Over 4.5 crore new households have received piped water supply within two years of ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’, he said.”We have to ensure we meet our goal of building Aatmanirbhar Bharat when we celebrate 100 years of India’s Independence,” the Prime Minister said.