Highlights of PM’s I-Day speech


New Delhi : Following are the highlights of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s address on India’s 60th Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort here Wednesday:

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– India is on the move – poverty eradication is now a feasible goal

– Time for a revolution in modern education

– Widening access to education a key goal

– Farmers welfare core of all concerns; need to bridge rural-urban divide

– Industrialization most effective means to create new employment opportunities

– India’s approach to global problems based on the idea that the whole world is one family

– India’s composite culture and pluralism make it bridge between global divides

– Massive increase in public spending on education, health care, agriculture and rural development

– To promote social security in unorganised sector

– Old age pension scheme for senior citizens above 65 and below poverty line

– New health insurance scheme for poor

– Revolution in modern education

– 6,000 new good quality government funded schools to come up

– Secondary education to be made universal

– Centre to help states set up colleges in 370 districts

– To raise gross enrolment ratio in schools

– 30 new central universities to be set up

– Mission on vocational education and skill development

– 1,600 new industrial training institutes and polytechnics

– 10,000 new vocational schools

– 50,000 new skill development centres

– 100,000 students to get vocational training

– National rural employment guarantee programme for entire country

– Special programme on investment in agriculture

– New thrust to industrialization and planned urbanization

– National campaign for cleanliness