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Focus: GS-II Social Justice, Governance

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The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed the Nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 74th Independence Day.

Highlights of the Speech

  • The National Digital Health Mission, under which every Indian will be given a health ID, will bring a new revolution in India’s health sector.
  • National Infrastructure pipeline project worth Rs 110 lakh crore will boost our overall infrastructure projects, and we will now focus on multi-model connectivity infrastructure.
  • Gharib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan has also been started to provide employment to poor in their villages.
  • To provide modern infrastructure to the farmers of the country ‘Agriculture Infrastructure Fund’ of Rs 1 lakh crore has been created.
  • As of August 2020, under Jal Jeevan Mission, every day more than one lakh houses are getting water connection.
  • In the last five years, 1.5 lakh gram panchayats in the country have been connected with optical fibre.
  • Of the 40 crore Jan Dhan accounts opened in the country, about 22 crore accounts are of women and about 30,000 crores of rupees have been directly transferred to the accounts of women in the three months of the pandemic Lockdown.

Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) for villages

  • The Prime Minister Promised that in the coming 1000 days, every village in the country (~6 lakh villages) will be connected with optical fibre cable.
  • Participation of rural India and villages in Digital India is very important for balanced development of India.
  • It was also announced that in the next 1000 days, Lakshadweep will be connected with submarine optical fibre cable, going ahead from the recent Submarine Optic Fibre connectivity established to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • The advantages of the promised project lie in the people getting cheaper & better connectivity and all the benefits of Digital India, especially in improving online education, tele-medicine, banking system, online trading, boosting tourism and skill development etc.

Health and Hygiene of Women in the country

  • The Government has made available health related products at an affordable price – in that more than 5 crore Sanitary Napkins have been distributed to underprivileged women from 6000 Jan Aushdhi Kendras at the minimum price of Rs.1 each.
  • This step ensured ‘Swachhta, Swasthya and Suvidha’ for the underprivileged Women of India.
  • This step has been taken by the Union Department of Pharmaceuticals to ensure the achievement of the goal of affordable and quality healthcare for all.
May 2024