New Delhi, July 30
Ahead of the 70th Independence Day, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday invoked the Quit India Movement and exhorted the countrymen to use the same spirit to expel problems of communalism, casteism, corruption, terrorism, poverty and dirt from the country by 2022.
He asked the people to take a pledge to contribute in some way or the other to create a "New India"
In his customary monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ programmme, Modi said the need for today is not do or die but to resolve to come together, persevere and work relentlessly with utmost strength towards making of a new India.
Urging people to get rid of malice which is affecting the growth of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called for making 2017 the year of resolve.
He also called for launching a mega campaign ‘Sankalp Se Siddhi’ — Attainment through Resolve — from August 9. He said the resolve will be fulfilled in the next five years.
Just as the five years from 1942-1947 were decisive for the country’s Independence, five years from 2017-2022 can and must play a decisive role for the future of India.
He said five years from now, the country will celebrate 75 years of county’s Independence. He said the month of August is a month of revolution — the non-cooperation movement was launched on August 1, 1920, Quit-India movement on August 9, 1942, and India attained Independence on August 15, 1947.
He said this year’s 15th August should be celebrated as ‘Sankalp Parv’ or the day of resolve and in 2022, marking 75 years of freedom, the nation will certainly transform into ‘Siddhi’.
Indian Prime Minister also referred to current floods in certain parts of the country, particularly in Assam, Gujarat, Rajasthan and West Bengal, and said that the Central Government, armed forces personnel, NDRF and paramilitary personnel are doing their best in providing relief to the disaster-hit people.
He asked people to set their work patterns according to weather predictions which could safeguard them against losses. He said weather forecasts are available these days and the technology has become so advance that these forecasts turn out to be mostly accurate.
“Yes, monsoon is enjoyable but this season also leads to floods. We are doing everything to help in relief and rehabilitation. A 24x7 control room helpline number 1078 is functioning continuously to deal with the flood situation,” the Prime Minister said.
He also spoke about the Goods and Services Tax and said that he sought ideas and suggestions from people.
“It has been one month since GST was implemented and its benefits can be seen already. I feel very happy when a poor person writes to say how because of GST prices of various items essential for him have come down. GST is more than just a tax reform; it ushers in a new culture,” he said.
He said Indian festivals and its celebrations are not merely occasions of joy and merriment but they are in themselves campaigns of social reform. He said each of the festivals is directly linked with the financial conditions of the poorest of the poor.
Pointing out that Indian daughters are bringing laurels to the country in all fields, the Prime Minister said that the Indian women cricket team performed brilliantly in the recently held World Cup.
Modi noted that though the women’s team did not succeed in winning the World Cup, it won the hearts of the 125 million people who took the defeat on their own shoulders never letting the burden weigh down the Indian daughters. THE TRIBUNE
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