Independence Day 2018: Here is what PM Modi said in his address at Red Fort

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the fifth and the last Independence Day speech of his current term as the Prime Minister from the Red Fort on Wednesday. The speech for the first time was streamed live on Google and YouTube.

 
In his last Independence Day address, PM Modi announced the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan (Ayushman Bharat) and said the government's flagship scheme will be launched on September 25, on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.

"The healthcare initiatives of the government will have a positive impact on 500 million Indians," he said.

"It is essential to ensure that we free the poor of India from the clutches of poverty due to which they cannot afford healthcare."

The ambitious Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) aims to provide a coverage of Rs 500,000 per family annually, benefiting more than 100 million poor families.

According to a  Business Standard report, the nationwide rollout will have to wait as only six states - Chhattisgarh, Manipur, Haryana, Gujarat, West Bengal, and Andhra Pradesh - are currently on board for the pilot launch. 

 
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9:03 AM IST With this PM concludes Independence Day speech at the Red Fort. The audience stands for the national anthem. 

9:01 AM IST Three women judges in Supreme Court for the first time, PM Modi says I am proud of the fact that three women judges in Supreme Court are delivering justice. Since independence, this is the first cabinet where so many women are a part of the cabinet: PM Modi #IndiaIndependenceDay pic.twitter.com/tWuFh0CFxk — ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2018

8:57 AM IST AFSPA has been removed from all of Tripura and Meghalaya and some districts of Arunachal Pradesh: PM Modi

8:55 AM IST PM Modi talks about Triple Talaq The practice of Triple Talaq has caused great injustice to Muslim women. We are striving to end this practice but there are some people who are not wanting it to end. I promise the Muslim women that I will work to ensure justice is done to them: PM Modi pic.twitter.com/FM0LO1Wp8k — ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2018

8:53 AM IST The healthcare initiatives of the government will have a positive impact on 500 million Indians: PM Modi  Read our exclusive report on Ayushman Bharat Mission Stage set for Ayushman Bharat's soft launch on I-Day, six states on board Exclusion from Ayushman Bharat could deal a body blow to general insurers

8:36 AM IST Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan will be launched on 25th September this year: PM Modi 

8:19 AM IST In the year 2022 or if possible before, India will unfurl the tricolour in space, says PM Modi as he praises the Indian scientists

8:09 AM IST From being seen as among the fragile five, India is now the land of reform, perform and transform. We are all set for record economic growth, says PM Modi

8:05 AM IST Despite initial hiccups, GST has been well embraced by traders. I want to thank the business community for its success: PM Modi

7:58 AM IST PM Modi remmebers the works and efforts of Dr Babsaheb Ambedkar and talks about social justice in the country  The Constitution given to us by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar has spoken about justice for all. We have to ensure social justice for all and create an India that is developing rapidly: PM Modi #IndiaIndependenceDay pic.twitter.com/3Ti2a9f4DK — ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2018

7:53 AM IST PM mentions the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, says next year Baisakhi will mark the 100th year of the incident Next year on Baisakhi, it will be 100 years of Jallianwala Bagh massacre. I pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives: PM Narendra Modi #IndependenceDayIndia pic.twitter.com/u2ud1N8k6y — ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2018

7:47 AM IST PM talks about the smooth running of Parliament during the recently concluded Monsoon session The recently concluded monsoon session of Parliament was one devoted to social justice. The Parliament session witnessed the passage of the bill to create an OBC Commission: PM Narendra Modi #IndependenceDayIndia pic.twitter.com/Hp3v9H28hg — ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2018

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With this PM concludes Independence Day speech at the Red Fort. The audience stands for the national anthem. 
Three women judges in Supreme Court for the first time, PM Modi says


AFSPA has been removed from all of Tripura and Meghalaya and some districts of Arunachal Pradesh: PM Modi
PM Modi talks about Triple Talaq


The healthcare initiatives of the government will have a positive impact on 500 million Indians: PM Modi 

Read our exclusive report on Ayushman Bharat Mission

Stage set for Ayushman Bharat's soft launch on I-Day, six states on board

Exclusion from Ayushman Bharat could deal a body blow to general insurers
Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan will be launched on 25th September this year: PM Modi 



In the year 2022 or if possible before, India will unfurl the tricolour in space, says PM Modi as he praises the Indian scientists



From being seen as among the fragile five, India is now the land of reform, perform and transform. We are all set for record economic growth, says PM Modi
Despite initial hiccups, GST has been well embraced by traders. I want to thank the business community for its success: PM Modi




PM Modi remmebers the works and efforts of Dr Babsaheb Ambedkar and talks about social justice in the country 

PM mentions the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, says next year Baisakhi will mark the 100th year of the incident



PM talks about the smooth running of Parliament during the recently concluded Monsoon session


PM lauds the efforts of all-women Navy team that sailed around the globe, and of tribal children who scaled Mount Everest



PM Modi begins Independence Day speech from Red Fort


PM Narendra Modi unfurls national flag amid playing of the national anthem



Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Red Fort, to address the nation shortly