PM gives call for Aatmanirbhar Bharat from Red Fort
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of 74th Independence Day on Saturday gave a clarion call for Aatmanirbhar Bharat, saying it is the need of the hour and that India will realise this dream.
The Prime Minister said now the time is to eliminate silos in the era of infrastructure and emphasised on “vocal for local campaign”.
“It is need of Aatmanirbhar Bharat. I am confident that India will accomplish this dream. I am confident of the abilities, confidence and potential of my fellow Indians. Once we decide to do something, we do not rest till we achieve that goal,” the Prime Minister said while addressing the nation from Red Fort.
Stressing on the “vocal for local” campaign, the Prime Minister said, “After all, for how long the raw material from our country will be used by others to deliver us the finished products”.
The Prime Minister said, “To fulfil the Atmanirbhar Bharat dream, we need an integrated infrastructure. For this, we have prepared a huge plan to connect the entire country through a multi-modal connectivity infrastructure,” he added. Talking about inclusive development, he said, “we need balanced development where everyone gets the benefits.”
Modi also said India has always believed that the entire world is one family and that while “we focus on economic growth and development, humanity must retain a central role in this process and our journey.”
Talking about the people who have recovered from corona, the Prime Minister said, “Over 1,500 “coronaviruswinners” who recovered from the disease, are present at the function as a symbol of the citizens’ determination to fight the pandemic and emerge winners.
India to spend Rs 100L Cr on 7K infra projects
Aimed at eliminating silos, Prime Minister Modi announced that India will spend Rs 100 lakh crore on 7,000 National Infrastructure projects.
For this, the Prime Minister said, a very big plan has been prepared to connect the entire country with Multi-Modal Connectivity. “About 7,000 projects of different sectors have also been identified. It would be like a new revolution in infrastructure. The country is moving towards spending more than Rs 100 lakh crore on this project,” Modi said.
Mentioning the need to eliminate silos in the era of infrastructure, Modi said there is a need to give a new direction to the overall infrastructure so that India moves towards modernity at a fast pace.
“This need will be met with the National Infrastructure Pipeline Project.” He said many big companies of the world are turning to India presently and that “we have to move forward with the mantra of Make in India as well as Make for World”.
At the event, the Prime Minister also announced that a new national cyber security strategy has been drafted in the country. He said India is alert, cautious and is taking decisions to counter these threats and is constantly developing new systems.
Modi further announced that every village in the country will be connected with optical fibre in the coming 1,000 days and that the goal will be met.
Informing that only five dozen panchayats in the country were connected with optical fibre before 2014, Modi said 1.5 lakh gram panchayats in the country have since been connected with optical fibre in the last few years.
To give modern infrastructure to the farmers of the country, he said, an Agriculture Infrastructure Fund of Rs 1 lakh crore has been created.
The Prime Minister stressed on border and coastal infrastructure mentioning its big role in the security of the country, saying “be it the Himalayan peaks or the islands of the Indian Ocean, today there is an unprecedented expansion of road and internet connectivity in the country, expanding rapidly”.
“There are more than 1,300 islands in our country. In view of their geographical location, considering their importance in the development of the country, work is underway to start new development schemes in some of these selected islands,” he said.
He mentioned a special campaign was also being worked out with a holistic approach to reduce pollution in 100 selected cities of the country.
Health ID for all: Centre rolls out Digital Health Mission in 6 UTs
The Prime Minister announced the National Digital Health Mission, which will leverage the power of technology to ensure the attainment of the highest-possible level of health and well-being for citizens.
The scheme will be rolled out through a pilot launch in the Union Territories of Chandigarh, Ladakh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep from Saturday.
It comprises six key building blocks — HealthID, DigiDoctor, Health Facility Registry, Personal Health Records, e-Pharmacy and Telemedicine — that will enable access to timely, safe and affordable healthcare through a ‘citizen-centric’ approach. All these digital products, except e-Pharmacy and Telemedicine, are up and running.
The Prime Minister said the mission will bring about a revolution in the health sector and that a Unique Health ID will be provided to every citizen which will have details of the diseases, diagnosis, reports, medication etc., in a common database through a single ID.
The NDHM is a holistic, voluntary healthcare programme that will reduce the existing gap between various stakeholders such as doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers, pharmacies, insurance companies and citizens by bringing them together and connecting them in an integrated digital health infrastructure.
The National Health Authority, the attached office of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has been given the mandate to design, build, roll-out and implement the mission in the country.