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President Droupadi Murmu addresses the nation on eve of 77th Independence Day

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President Droupadi Murmu has asserted that nation has been taking great strides in all fronts by registering higher GDP growth, containing inflation and lifting large number of people out of poverty in the last decade.  She stated this while addressing the nation on the eve of Independence Day today.

She said, India’s economy has proven to be not only resilient during turbulent times of Covid-19 pandemic, but is also a beacon of hope for others, and the world looks up to India for global economic growth. President Murmu said, inflation at the global level remains a cause for worry, but in India, the Government and the Reserve Bank have managed to contain it.

She added that the government has succeeded in protecting the common people from high inflation while also providing a more extensive security cover to the poor. She underlined that specific programmes are being run to improve the conditions of tribals and encourage them to join the journey of progress.
  
Highlighting that India is playing a crucial role in promoting developmental and humanitarian goals around the world, the President said, the country has not only regained its rightful place on the world stage, but it has also enhanced its standing in the international order.

She said, G20 Presidency of India is a unique opportunity to shape global discourse in the right direction. She expressed confidence that with India’s proven leadership in dealing with global issues, G20 member-nations will be able to advance effective action on economic and human development fronts.
  
Describing the National Education Policy as visionary, President Murmu said, it is aimed at merging ancient values with modern skills that will bring in unprecedented changes in the education sector over the years, leading to a great transformation of the nation. She said, the nation’s economic progress is powered by the dreams of its people, particularly the young generation and from start-ups to sports, India’s youth have explored new horizons of excellence.
 
Lauding the Chandrayaan-3 mission of Indian Space Research Organization, the President said, the mission to the moon is only a stepping stone for country’s future space programmes as the nation has to go far ahead. She appreciated the role of scientists and technologists in bringing laurels to the country. She said, the Government is setting up the Anusandhan National Research Foundation, with an amount of 50 thousand crore rupees for next five years to foster the spirit of research, innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.
  
In her address, she also highlighted the challenges posed by the climate change by urging the scientists and policymakers from the world to give an urgent attention to the issue. She added that parts of India have faced extraordinary floods and at the same time, there are places facing drought. She said, these events are also attributed to the phenomenon of global warming and stressed the need to make efforts at the local, national and global levels for the environment. She said, India is providing leadership to the International Solar Alliance and the country is playing a leading role in fulfilling international commitments.
 
President Murmu underlined that Independence Day reminds countrymen that they are not merely individuals, but are part of a great community of people and world’s largest democracy. She said, people have many identities apart from caste, creed, language and region, but there is one identity that is above all, that is identity as citizens of India. She said, India is the Mother of Democracy and since ancient times, country had democratic institutions functioning at the grassroots level, but long years of colonial rule wiped them out.
 
The President paid grateful tributes to great freedom fighters whose sacrifices have made it possible for India to regain its rightful place in the comity of nations. She said, under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and a galaxy of extraordinary visionary leaders, national movement was animated by a unique set of ideals. She also recalled the contributions made by the women freedom fighters including Matangini Hazra, Kanaklata Baruah, Sarojini Naidu, Ammu Swaminathan, Aruna Asaf-Ali, and Sucheta Kriplani. She said, women freedom fighters have set inspiring ideals for all future generations of women, to serve the nation and the society with self-confidence. She also noted that economic empowerment of women is being special focus in the country and urged people to give priority to women empowerment.
  
Talking about Amrit Kaal, the President said, the country has entered Amrit Kaal with new resolutions and people are moving forward towards making India an inclusive and developed nation by the year 2047. She urged all citizens to perform their fundamental duties to strive towards excellence in all spheres of individual and collective activity so that the nation constantly rises to higher levels of endeavour and achievement.

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