Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for making 2017 as a year for resolve. He said in this month of August, people of the country should come together and resolve filth, poverty, corruption, terrorism, casteism and communalism.
In his Mann Ki Baat programmme of All India Radio, 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.
He also called for launching a mega campaign Sankalp Se Siddhi-Attainment through Resolve from 9th of this August. He said the resolve will be fulfilled in the next five years. The Prime Minister suggested youth and student organisations, NGOs to organise group discussions to bring forth new ideas. 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 1st of August 1920, Quit-India movement on 9th of August 1942 and on 15th August 1947 India became independent.
Modi said, this year country is observing 75th anniversary of the Quit-India movement and young generation must know what had happened on 9th August 1942. 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.
Referring to current floods in certain parts of the country particularly in Assam, Gujarat, Rajasthan and West Bengal, the Prime Minister said Central government, armed forces personnel, NDRF and para military personnel are doing their best in providing succour to the disaster stricken people. He said, government has formulated a scheme for the insurance companies, especially crop insurance, to make them more pro-active and ensure quick settlements of claims of farmers. A 24×7 control room helpline number 1078 is functioning to deal with the flood situation. He asked the countrymen 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.
On Goods and Services Tax (GST), Modi expressed his happiness and satisfaction and said,that its benefits are reaching the poor. He said when a poor person writes to say, that in the beginning, he was apprehensive of the GST, but now the things have become much easier for him than before. Modi said doing business has become so much easier and the trust of customers for the traders is increasing. He has been observing how the GST has impacted the transport and logistics sector and how the movement of trucks has increased and pollution levels have come down with the increased of trucks. Economists, management and technology experts will certainly undertake researches and write about India’s GST experiment as a model for the world.
He said Indian festivals and its celebrations are not merely occasions of joy and merriment, but they are in, themselves a campaigns of social reform. He said, each of the festivals are directly linked with the financial conditions of the poorest of the poor. He said the poor get an opportunity to earn an income during Rakshabandhan, Janmashtami, Ganesh Utsav, Chauth Chandra, Durga Pooja and Diwali and this adds a spontaneous joy to the festivities. He asked the people to use diyas instead of lights to benefit poor. He also said that eco-friendly idols of Ganesha should be there to protect the environment. He said it is time to link festivities with the economic welfare of the poor. Modi said this years the mark the 125th anniversary of community Ganesh Festival which was started by Lokmanya Tilak to inculcate the spirit of unity, enhance awareness in society and promote the culture of togetherness. He called for organizing essay competitions and holding open discussions to remember the contributions of Lokmanya Tilak.
Stating that Indian daughters are bringing laurels to the country in all fields, the Prime Minister said, Indian women cricket team performed brilliantly in the recently held women cricket world cup. Modi noted that for the first time when women did not succeed in winning the world cup, the 125 million people took this defeat on their own shoulders never letting the burden weigh down the Indian daughters.
The Prime Minister invited people to send their views either on mygov platform or on Narendra Modi app for this year’s independence day speech. He said when he addresses the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort, it is not he, but the collective voice of 1.25 billion countrymen. He also said this year he will keep his speech short and it will not be more than 40 to 50 minutes.