Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing the nation today from the ramparts of Red Fort in New Delhi as India celebrates its 75th Independence Day. This is PM Modi's eighth consecutive Independence Day speech since he came to power in 2014. Earlier in the day, PM Modi unfurled the tri-colour at the ramparts of the Red Fort. Before that, he greeted people on the occasion of 75th Independence Day and expressed the hope that the year of 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' will infuse new energy into the country.
8:12 hours: Delimitation Commission has been constituted in Jammu and Kashmir and preparations are on for assembly elections in the future, PM Modi says.
On the one hand, Ladakh is witnessing the creation of modern infrastructure, while on the other hand, Indus Central University will make Ladakh a centre of higher education, he added.
8:05 hours: Development should be inclusive. The Northeast region, the Himalayan region including Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, the coastal belt and tribal regions will make a foundation for India's development in the future, PM Modi says.
8:03 hours: It is essential to fully utilise the capabilities of India to take it to new heights, in the 21st century. For this, we have to hold hands of the section that is lagging behind, the area that is lagging behind, PM Modi says.
8:01 hours: Benefits of many schemes that started in the last 7 years have reached the doorsteps of crores of poor. From Ujjwala to Ayushman Bharat, the poor of the nation knows their (schemes') strength. Today, governmant schemes have picked up pace and are reaching their goals, PM Modi says.
7:59 hours: 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayaas' is very important for the achievement of all our goals, PM Modi says.
7:56 hours: A time comes in the development journey of every country when that nation defines itself from a new end, when it takes itself forward with new resolutions. Today, that time has come in India's development journey, PM Modi says.
7:56 hours: We can proudly say that the largest COVID-19 vaccination program is being run in India today. More than 54 crore people have received vaccine doses so far, PM Modi says.
7:54 hours: Indians have fought this battle (COVID) with a lot of patience. We had many challenges but we worked with extraordinary pace in every area. It's a result of strength of our industrialists and scientists, that today India doesn't need to depend on any other nation for vaccines, PM Modi says.
7:50 hours: We have taken a decision to observe August 14 as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day, to honour the pain and sufferings faced by the people of India during the partition, PM Modi says.
7:45 hours: The athletes who have made us proud at Tokyo Olympics are here amongst us today. I urge the nation to applaud their achievement today. They have not only won our hearts but also inspired future generations, PM Modi says.
7:44 hours: During COVID, our doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, sanitation workers, scientists who were developing vaccines and crores of citizens who were working with a sense of service -all those who devoted every moment to serve others in this period, deserve our appreciation, PM Modi says.
7:41 hours: PM Modi lauds Tokyo Olympics contingent.
7:38 hours: I convey my greetings on this special occasion of Independence Day. This is a day to remember our great freedom fighters, PM Modi says.
7:33 hours: Just In: PM Modi's address to the nation begins.
7:30 hours: PM Modi unfurls tri-colour at Red Fort.
7:05 hours: PM Modi will also hoist the national flag today and deliver the customary address to the nation.
7:04 hours: As announced by PM Modi earlier, India will be celebrating 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' today, marking the 75th year of Independence.
7:02 hours: Earlier in the day, PM Modi extended reetings on the occasion of Independence Day 2021 and said 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' will infuse new energy and new consciousness among the countrymen.
"Greetings to you all on Independence Day. May this year of the 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' infuse new energy and new consciousness among the countrymen. Jai Hind," PM Modi tweeted.
7:00 hours: PM Modi will address the nation today from the ramparts of Red Fort in New Delhi as India celebrates its 75th Independence Day.