New Delhi, Aug 15: In his second Independence Day address from the ramparts of the 17th-century built Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday vowed to work relentlessly towards eliminating corruption from the nation.
The Prime Minister said that his government has also taken several steps to address the issue of black money.
The Prime Minister said: “Har zulm ko sehkar bhrastachaar ke khilaaf kaam karta rahoonga (I will go to any extent to end corruption)… It has been 15 months now since we formed the government, there has been no accusation of corruption of even one rupee.”
“On the issue of black money, we took a lot of steps within such a short time, we formed a SIT under the Supreme Court’s guidance the day we took over,” Prime Minister Modi said, adding that there will be side effects when medicine is given to cure such an illness.
He said: “When the illness is dangerous, an injection is given, there could be side effects. But this is the cure,” adding “Some people are troubled by our stringent laws against black money, but when illness is so big, such measures have to be taken… stringent provisions will not be diluted despite pressures.”
The Prime Minister also promised the nation’s ex-servicemen that the decision on the One Rank One Pension (OROP) Scheme would be taken soon.
He said: “I am saying in front of the tricolour that the government has accepted the pending demand of OROP. Talks are going on, and very soon, a decision would be reached. Discussions have come to the final leg. We are finding a solution, and I am hoping for a positive result.”
“Many governments have come and gone. They all made small promises. Our government also made the promise on OROP, but because of certain reasons, we were unable to do it. But I promise again,” he added.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the national flag at the Red Fort here on the occasion of the nation’s 69th Independence Day today.
Dressed smartly in a creamish gold attire and a safa (turban) of a smilar hue tinged with orange and green, he unfurled national flag from the dais the 17th-century built Red Fort, and saluted the nation’s martyrs, freedom fighters and armed forces for their many sacrifices amidst the playing of the national anthem.
Before the unfurling of the national flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Prime Minister Modi first went to Rajghat to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. Thereafter, he was received at the Red Fort complex by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh, Defence Secretary G. Mohan Kumar and the commanding officer of the Delhi area.
(With Agency Inputs)