New Delhi: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi expressed satisfaction that finally, the people of India can Chant ‘One Country, One Constitution’ now, as the article 370, awarding special status to Jammu-Kashmir has been scrapped. While addressing the countrymen from the Red Fort, on the occasion of the 72nd Independence Day, Prime Minister justified the decision on Kashmir. The Prime Minister also made an important announcement that the post of Chief of Indian Defence Forces will be created. Pointing out at the same time, that all the countries around India are being targeted with terrorism, the Prime Minister clarified that Pakistan is the sponsor of terrorism, without naming it.
It was necessary to scrap article 370 and 35-A for Kashmir to progress. These articles were only an impermanent and temporary provision. The Prime Minister said that therefore, it was necessary to open the obstructed path towards the progress of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. The Prime Minister expressed confidence that Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh will substantially contribute to the country’s development and set an example for the other states. The Prime Minister said that there is a significant change in the war techniques and security situations and therefore stressed the need for a defence chief. This topic was being discussed for the last 19 years. But the government will soon take a decision in this matter and announce Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).
The Prime Minister clarified that this is an essential step in the defence sector of the country and will streamline and expedite the decision-making process. The Indian neighbours like Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh also are tormented with the problem of terrorism. The Prime Minister fired salvos of criticism at Pakistan without naming it, saying that some of the countries are backing terrorists and therefore it has become an absolute necessity for the world to unite against terrorism.
The Indian Prime Minister asserted that India would become a USD five trillion economy, in the coming times. Although the task is difficult, if all the countrymen contributed, the task is achievable. To achieve this target, the government will be investing ₹100 trillion in the infrastructure sector. These will include modern ports, highways, rail network, airports, and setting up educational institutions. The Prime Minister said that this would increase employment opportunities, and new systems will be developed.
At the same time, the Prime Minister also mentioned the problems of population growth and plastic and suggested that the country needs to think more seriously regarding these problems.