Modi’s Independence-Day announcements

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Here are some of the announcements made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday during his Independence Day address:

– 18,500 villages which still remain without power to be provided electricity in the next 1,000 days.

– Government to club 44 labour laws into four codes to simplify them for the people.

– Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana launched with an outlay of Rs. 50,000 crore.

– Ministry of Agriculture would be renamed as the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.

– A “Start-Up India” initiative to encourage entrepreneurship among the youth.

– One-Rank, One-Pension accepted “in-principle”. Modalities being worked out with stakeholders.

– Boost to financial inclusion with 17 crore bank accounts opened through the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.

– Scheme for direct transfer of LPG subsidy has resulted in savings of Rs. 15,000 crore.

– Promise of toilets in all schools had been almost fulfilled with the cooperation of states.

– Corruption cases probed by CBI have gone up from 800 before NDA government assumed office to 1800 now.

– Each of 1.25 lakh bank branches should encourage at least one Dalit or adivasi entrepreneur and at least one woman entrepreneur.

– A house and access to basic services like electricity to all by 2022.

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