Accountability at root of good governance: PM

Accountability at root of good governance: PM

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Accountability is at the root of good governance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday as he addressed the nation on its 70th Independence Day.

“Accountability should be at the root of good governance,” the prime minister said in his speech from the Red Fort.

“Good governance means a change in the life of the common man. It means the government is sensitive, responsible and dedicated to the common people,” Modi added.

131 new agricultural seeds invented by scientists: PM

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Indian scientists for inventing 131 new agricultural seeds.

Addressing the nation on the the 70th Independence Day, he said this had helped in increasing foodgrain production.

PM congratulates farmers for enabling adequate food reserves

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated India’s farmers for enabling the country maintain its food reserves despite two years of drought, adding he aimed to double the income of farmers by 2020.

“It is my dream to double the income of farmers by 2022,” Modi said in his address to the nation from the Red Fort here on the 70th Independence Day.

He also said the government is encouraging the cultivation of pulses and their sowing has increased 1.5 times this year.

PM seeks social support for Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday sought support from all sections of society for the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ initiative which focuses on the girl child.

“I still need social support for ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’,” the Prime Minsiter said in his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort.

He said one healthy, educated and economically independent woman can pull a family out of poverty.

He also spoke of the bill for extending maternity leave to 26 weeks that the Rajya Sabha passed last week.

India ranked best for investment by all global agencies: Modi

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said every major global agency has ranked in India the best investment destination, even as the country’s economy has continued to grow well despite the global gloom.

Be it the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank or the World Economic Forum, they have all declared India to be the best destination for global capital, Modi said in his Independence Day address from the Red Fort.

“It is important for India to remain relevant and lead the global economy. But that is possible only if we adopt global standards. In recent days you have already seen how rating agencies have appreciated our moves on ease of doing business.”

GST will strengthen economy, thank all parties: Modi

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the pan-India Goods and Services (GST) tax regime will strengthen the Indian economy and thanked all political parties for the passage of the relevant bill to initiate the process.

“GST will give strength to our economy. All parties are to be thanked for its passage,” Modi said in his Independence Day address from the Red Fort.

“GST is also one such tax reform that will help us bring financial stability,” said the Prime Minister. “One nation, one grid and one price is what we have worked on.”

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