PM asks entrepreneurs to create roadmap for change

On the eve of his fourth Independence Day address Congress on Monday gave a wishlist to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying it expected him to give an account of his'achievements over the last three years. Representational Image

PM asks entrepreneurs to create roadmap for change

Addressing the nation on the 71st Independence Day from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort, he asserted that his government is committed to restoring the lost glory of Kashmir and its status as 'heaven on earth'.

His tirade at a Congress rally here comes a day after Modi, in his Independence Day address, reached out to Kashmiris, saying abuses and bullets would not resolve their problems but embracing them would. "Mahatma Gandhi had already united the country", he added. "An individual can slip at times but the institutions should be so strong that they take control", he said. So when PM Modi spoke of black money, he was careful to mention that while the country had 22 lakh tax payers last year, the number increased to 56 lakh in the first week of August this year. "I am sure a lot of them are ready to embrace innovation", the prime minister said exhorting young startups to come forward not only with ideas to change India but also create a roadmap along with the government.

Popular support for demonetisation; a smooth Goods and Services Tax rollout; citizen ownership of Swachh Bharat; and people voluntarily giving up Liquified Petrolium Gas (LPG) subsidy to help the poor get gas connections, were all examples of team India's jan bhagidari spirit, said the Prime Minister.

Though Modi has hinted at change of the policy because his forces have miserably failed to break the will of Kashmiri people but there are scant chances that a real change in policy would take place and that too under the incumbent Prime Minister, who is known as butcher of Gujarat and butcher of Kashmiris. The Indian prime minister - after remaining silent for a week - used his Independence Day address to the nation to offer condolences for the deaths. "Till you make a counter institutional arrangement, you can not stop it", Modi said at the event organised by Niti Aayog.

"When we were in government, all the neighbouring countries other than Pakistan and China, were favourable to us".

"For the first time in history, Russian Federation is selling arms to Pakistan".

"More than 18 lakh (1.8 million) people have been identified whose income is more than their declared wealth", he said.

Referring to his war against black money and efforts to make India corruption-free, he said: "Today, after three years, I want to tell the countrymen proudly that we have confiscated black money worth Rs 1.25 lakh crore, the culprits would be brought to book and forced to surrender. There is no difference in our love for the nation".

The new dialogue format is likely to be on "2 by 2" format, involving both defence and foreign secretaries of the two countries, similar to the India-Japan 2+2 dialogue format.

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