New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day. This was his first Independence Day speech after the victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. 

Dressed in a white kurta-pajama, PM Modi was received by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Red Fort. He then inspected Guard of Honour and unfurled tricolour.

In his address to the nations, PM Modi spoke about the government's decision to scrap Jammu and Kashmir's special status to his vision for a "New India". He also spoke about Triple Talaq asked citizens to join the Jal Ministry in water conservation.

Here are the highlights of PM Modi's speech:

9:00 am: “Digital payment ko haan, nakad ko na' Can we make this our motto? Let us increase the use of digital payments all over the country: PM Modi

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8:57 am: India has much to offer. I know people travel abroad for holidays but can we think of visiting at least 15 tourist destinations across India before 2022, when we mark 75 years of freedom: PM Modi

8:54 am: Our priority should be a 'Made in India' product. Can we think of consuming local products, improving rural economy and the MSME sector: PM Modi

8:51 am: Can we free India from single use plastic? The time for implementing such an idea has come. May teams be mobilised to work in this direction. Let a significant step be made on 2nd October: PM Modi

8:49 am: Those who give protection to terrorism and support it must be exposed. Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka also are affected by terrorism. All countries in the world need to come together to fight this menace: PM Modi

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8:48 am: Today, the Government in India is stable, policy system is predictable. World is eager to trade with India. We are working to keep prices under check and speed up development. The fundamentals of our economy are strong: PM Modi. 

8:46 am: Our forces are India's pride. To further sharpen coordination between the forces, I want to announce a major decision from the Red Fort: India will have a Chief of Defence Staff- CDS. This is going to make the forces even more effective: PM Modi

8:44 am: From the ramparts of the Red Fort, I give my greetings to the people of Afghanistan who are marking 100 years of freedom: PM Modi

8:42 am: Wealth creation is a great national service. Let us never see wealth creators with suspicion. Only when wealth is created, wealth will be distributed. Wealth creation is absolutely essential. Those who create wealth are India's wealth and we respect them: PM Modi

8:39 am: Today, the Government in India is stable, policy regime is predictable...the world is eager to explore trade with India. We are working to keep prices under check and increase development. The fundamentals of our economy are strong: PM Modi

8:38 am: Earlier even if a decision was taken on paper that a railway station will be built in an area,there used to be positivity among people for years.Time has changed now, people aren't satisfied with station, they immediately ask "when will Vande Bharat express come in our area?": PM Modi

8:35 am: Time has come to think about how we can boost exports. Each district of India has so much to offer. Let us make local products attractive. May more export hubs emerge. Our guiding principle is Zero Defect, Zero Effect: PM

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8:31 am: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra takes to Twitter to wish the nation on Independence Day.

8:31 am: Earlier the aspiration was to have a good mobile phone but now, people aspire better data speed. Times are changing and we have to accept that: PM Modi

8:30 am: People's thinking has changed. Earlier, people were happy with merely a plan to make a railway station. Now people ask- when will Vande Bharat Express come to my area. People do not want only good railway stations or bus stations, they ask- when is a good airport coming: PM Modi

8:25 am: India does not want incremental progress. A high jump is needed, our thought process has to be expanded. We have to keep in mind global best practices and build good systems: PM

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8:21 am: Every effort made to remove corruption and black money is welcome. These are menaces that have ruined India for 70 long years. Let us always reward honesty: PM Modi

8:21 am: There is one issue I want to highlight today- population explosion. We have to think- can we do justice to the aspirations of our children. There is a need to have greater discussion and awareness on population explosion: PM Modi

8:20 am: The movement towards water conservation has to take place at the grassroots level. It cannot become a mere Government programme. People from all walks of life have to be integrated in this movement: PM Modi

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8:12 am: The movement towards water conservation has to take place at the grassroots level. It cannot become a mere Government programme. People from all walks of life have to be integrated in this movement: PM Modi

8:07 am: GST brought to life the dream of One Nation, One Tax. India has also achieved One Nation, One Grid in the energy sector. Arrangements have been made for One Nation, One Mobility Card. Today, India is talking about One Nation, One Election: PM Modi

8:03 am: On abrogation of provisions of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said there should be one nation and one Constitution.

8:02 am: We think differently and it is India First for us. Politics comes and goes but steps in the interest of the nation are paramount: PM Modi

8:01 am: Those who supported Article 370, India is asking them - If this was so important and life changing, why was this Article not made permanent. After all, those people had large mandates and could have removed the temporary status of Article 370: PM Modi

8:00 am: People of Jammu and Kashmir will directly link to Delhi now: PM on Article 370, 35-A

7:58 am: The old arrangement in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh encouraged corruption, nepotism but there was injustice when it came to rights of women, children, Dalits, tribal communities. The dreams of sanitation workers were incomplete. How can we accept such a situation: PM Modi

7:57 am: We do not believe in creating problems or prolonging them. In less than 70 days of the new Government, Article 370 has become history, and in both Houses of Parliament, 2/3rd of the members supported this step. We want to serve Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh: PM

7:55 am: What couldn't be done in 70 years, we did in 70 days: PM on Article 370 revocation

7:54 am: PM: Remember how scared Muslim women were, those who suffered due to practice of Triple Talaq, but we ended that. When Islamic nations can ban it then why can't we? When we can ban Sati, when we can take strong steps against female infanticide, child marriage, then why not this?

7:52 am: “Complete independence will be complete only to the extent of our approach in practice to truth and nonviolence.” - Mahatma Gandhi My best wishes to all of you on this our 73rd Independence Day: Rahul Gandhi

7:51 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Independence Day: Before the elections in 2013-2014 I went all over the country in order to try to understand the feelings of the people. There was a disappointment on everyone's face, people used to think can this country change?

7:51 am: PM Modi: The country fully understands the importance of water conservation and that is why a ministry for Jal Shakti has been formed. Steps have been taken to make the medical sector even more people friendly.

7:47 am: This is the time to think about the India of the 21st century and how the dreams of the people will be fulfilled: PM

7:45 am: India understands the important of water conservation and thus, a new ministry for Jal Shakti has been created. Steps have been taken to make the medical sector even more people friendly: PM

7:45 am: It has been under ten weeks since the new Government was formed but several path-breaking decisions have been taken. This includes decisions for Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, the end of Triple Talaq, steps for the welfare of farmers and traders: PM

7:41 am: Triple Talaq Bill passed for betterment of Muslim women: PM Modi

7:39 am: I bow to all those great women and men who devoted their lives so that India becomes free: PM Modi

7:38 am: Today when we are marking Independence Day, many of our citizens are suffering due to floods in various parts of the nation. We stand in complete solidarity with those affected by the floods and I assure that all possible support that is needed will be provided to them: PM Modi

7:34 am: PM Modi addresses the nation on Independence day.

7:31 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurls the tricolour at Red Fort.

7:30 am: Ahead of the 73rd Independence Day celebrations in the country, multi-layered security arrangements are in place across the national capital.

7:25 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspects the Guard of Honour at the Red Fort. He will address the nation shortly.

7:21 am: PM Modi reaches Red Fort.

7:16 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. He will move to Red Fort now to hoist the tricolour.

7:15 am: Visitors, performers and jawans gather at the Red Fort ahead of Independence Day celebrations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation shortly, from here.

7:12 am: This year, Independence Day has coincided with Raksha Bandhan.

7:08 am: The Delhi Police is using cameras equipped with facial recognition software for the first time to secure the Red Fort, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hoist the national flag on the 73rd Independence Day, officials said on Wednesday.

7:07 am: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu greeted the nation on the eve of Independence Day and urged everyone to uphold the constitutional values and re-dedicate themselves to building an inclusive, peaceful and progressive India.

"Today, India is a country that is brimming with potential, surging ahead on the path to all-round development. Our democracy is more vibrant than ever before and our commitment to good governance and transparency is stronger than ever before," he said.

7:04 am: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hoists the tricolour at his residence.

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7:00 am: PM to address the nation from Red fort at 7.30 am. 

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma