Now a Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare: PM

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that the agriculture ministry will now be known as Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare.

In his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort, Modi said that welfare of farmers was as important as growth of agriculture.

Modi promises power to 18,500 villages within 1,000 days

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday promised to provide electricity to 18,500 power-less villages in the country in the next 1,000 days.

“There are 18,500 villages in the country where electricity is yet to reach. If we keep working with old ways, then maybe we will take 10 years to get electricity poles to these villages,” Modi said in his Independence Day address.

Modi said he met government officials and asked them how to proceed in order to provide electricity supply. “The officials replied that they can do it only by 2019,” he said.

“The country is not ready to wait that long,” he said.

“So Team India pledges today that power will reach these villages within the next 1,000 days,” Modi said.

India must be No.1 in start-ups: Modi

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) India must be number one in start-ups, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday, adding that the government was looking for systems to enable start-ups in the country.

“In the coming days, start-ups will be promoted in every corner of the country. Start-up India – Stand up India,” Modi said in his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort here.

The prime minister said that in addition to the systems to facilitate start-ups, loans would also be given to help people in their start-ups.

India’s progress linked with eastern India: Modi (Lead)

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India can progress only if the eastern parts of the country also prosper.

“For India to progress, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and other eastern states have to do well,” Modi said in his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of Red Fort.

He said the region was ignored for many years.

“Whether it is infrastructure or railways, we have concentrated on eastern India. We are putting in gas pipelines.”

Modi said four Urea factories in this region have been revived. “Due to our policies on urea and gas supply, these companies have been revived and the youth are getting employment,” he added.

He said his government was committed to provide electricity to all those villages that do not have power.

OROP accepted in principle: Modi (Lead)

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the One Rank One Pension scheme has been accepted by the government “in principle”, adding that he is expecting a “positive outcome”.

While it was anticipated that he would announce the implementation of the scheme in his Independence Day speech, Modi again repeated what has been government’s stand for a while now.

“People of India sleep in peace because of the jawans. For the 125 crore people of Team India, the soldiers are national resource,” Modi said from the ramparts of the Red Fort.

“Many governments came, OROP came in front of everyone… Everyone promised, but no solution was reached,” he said.

Modi said even after his government came, the problem has not yet been resolved.

“I am assuring again, it is not a person speaking, I am speaking on the behalf of 125 crore people, under the tri-colour, from the ramparts of Red Fort… In principle we have accepted One Rank One Pension. The phase of discussions is on,” Modi said.

“The trust with which talks are on, we are expecting a positive outcome,” he said.

Faced pressure over e-auction of FM radio: PM

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that he had faced pressure against the transparent process of e-auction of first batch of private FM Radio phase III channels but he did not yield to it.

In his Independence Day address from the ramparts of the Red Fort, the prime minister said that auction of about 85 channels was being conducted which had yielded over Rs.1,000 crore to the exchequer.

“A lot of pressure was put on me in every way…It was said radio concerns the common man. The Team India of 125 crore people wants transparency,” Modi said.

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