Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered his 7th speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort which went on for 90 minutes, making it his third longest, on India’s 74th Independence Day. PM Modi’s speech placed India in its civilizational perspective, an important departure from the past where it was mostly about freedom struggle and Post-Independence India. PM also gave a brief about what the government aims to achieve in the next one year.
“Aatmnirbhar Bharat” was the central point from Modi’s speech which reflects his vision, mission and resolve to build an all inclusive and stronger Aatmnirbhar Bharat.
Breaking all the traditional taboos PM Modi spoke about the need and relevance of sanitary Napkins from the Red Fort. No doubt, there was a time Sanitary Napkins were not spoken about even within four walls of homes in India and today Prime Minister Modi spoke about it from Red Fort on Independence Day. That is indeed true Independence of breaking old shackles. PM Modi said that over 5 crore sanitary pads have been given to poor women at ₹1 each through 6,000 Jan Aushadhi stores. For a PM to talk about women’s hygiene and what the government has attained on that front by ways of making sanitary pads available to rural and vulnerable women is certainly bold and a first. In his seventh consecutive Independence Day speech, PM Modi also said that the government will soon launch National Digital Health Mission, calling it 'revolution in health sector'.
This visionary National Digital Health Mission will strengthen healthcare delivery for all citizens bridging the gap amongst doctors, hospitals, and citizens through an integrated digital ecosystem. With its suite of digital products- HealthID, DigiDoctor, Health Facility Registry, Personal Health Records, e-Pharmacy & Telemedicine - NDHM will support timely access to safe affordable healthcare for all citizens and accelerate India’s progress towards Universal Health Coverage. I used to wonder why fintech was so successful in India and why digital health has not scaled at a similar pace. The reason was unavailability of strong digital health infrastructure. NDHM changes that. It focuses on creating infrastructure on which citizen services can thrive. In his exemplary speech, PM Modi also said that three vaccines in India are being developed for Coronavirus. He said that scientists and researchers are working hard to complete the vaccine development. Once the scientists complete the trials, the mass production of the vaccine will begin. He also ensured that the Coronavirus vaccine will reach to every citizen of India at the earliest.
Without taking the name of China and Pakistan PM Modi hailed our brave Jawans who have given befitting replies to those challenging the sovereignty of the country, whether at the Line of Actual Control, LAC (China border) or Line of Control, LoC (Pakistan border).