India has lakhs of problems but we can overcome: Modi

India has lakhs of problems but we can overcome: Modi

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) India faces “lakhs of problems” but Indians have the intelligence to overcome them, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.

“Yes, we face several problems. But we are capable of overcoming them,” Modi said in his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort.

“India has lakhs of problems,” he added. “But the 125 crore Indians have the intelligence to overcome them.”

Want to change lives of common people: Modi

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the focus of his government was to change the lives of the common people, and listed the fast issuance of Aadhaar Cards, passports and income tax refunds as ares where much has been achieved.

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“There was a time when people were more scared of income tax authorities than police officials, particularly among middle class families. I want to change that,” the Prime Minister said in his address to the nation on India’s 70th Independence Day.

“In fact, while income tax refunds used to take forever earlier, it takes no more than three weeks today.”

Similarly, Modi said, while it took six to eight months to get a passport, it just takes a couple of weeks now even though around two crore people apply for it annually now compared with around 20,000 earlier.

“We have also connected 70 crore Indians to Aadhaar and social security schemes,” he said in his address.

On energy, the Prime Minister said, renewable sources were his government’s focus, notably solar and wind.

Towards that, he added, LED bulbs which were being sold for as high as Rs 350 each were being distributed by his government for Rs 50 each now.

So far, he said, 13 crore such bulbs had been distributed and the target was 77 crore bulbs. “These 70 crore LED bulbs can save 20,000 MW of electricity worth Rs 1.25 lakh crore.”

To reach electricity to the remote corners of the country, 50,000 km of transmission lines were being erected now as opposed to 30,000-35,000 km earlier.

“Electricity has already reached 10,000 villages out of the 18,000 unelectricified villages.

“After 60 years of freedom, only 14 crore LPG (cooking gas) connections were added. But we have added more than 4 crore new connections in just 60 weeks.”

Government issues 1.45 crore passports in one year: Modi

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) The government issued 1.45 crore passports in 2015-16, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.

People were being provided passports in just one or two weeks now though around two crore applications are received annually compared to 40-50 lakh application in earlier years, he said in his Independence Day speech.

People do not need any recommendation now to secure passports, he said.

We have brought inflation down to 6 percent: Modi

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said despite the difficulties faced due to two successive years of failed monsoon, his government had brought down the annual inflation rate to below 6 percent from 10 per cent earlier.”Our government faced a lot of challenges in terms of price rise due to two successive years of drought situation,” Modi said in his

Independence Day address.

“Under the previous government, the inflation level had crossed the 10 per cent mark. But we did not let it rise above 6 per cent.”

Impossible made possible by Jan Dhan Yojana: PM

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the impossible was made possible by adding 21 crore people in the Jan Dhan Yojana.

The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana helps to open bank accounts.

In his speech on the 70th Independence Day, the Prime Minister said adding people to the Jan Dhan Yojana was an impossible task as many were out of the mainstream.

Modi said the government was trying to link all government schemes with Aadhaar to avoid leakage.

Construction of rural roads got new momentum: Modi

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the government has given a new momentum to the construction of roads in rural areas now built at the pace of 100 km per day.

In his Independence Day speech, Modi said the government’s flagship rural connectivity programme was introduced by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee but it it was implemented later at a slow speed.

Modi said his government had brought a new momentum to the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana to help accomplish the dream of villagers who want good roads.

“Earlier village roads were constructed at the rate of 70-75 km per day. Now we construct 100 km in a day.”

Post offices to be converted into payment banks

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Post offices across the country will be converted into “payment banks”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.

“Post offices will be converted into payment banks,” he said while addressing the nation from the Red Fort here on the 70th Independence Day, adding the move will create a network of banks which will help in transfering benefits to the people.

The prime minister said with advent of technology post offices are becoming irrelevant and the government is focusing on keeping them relevant.

“Everyone loves the postman,” the prime minister said.

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