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New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Here are some of the announcements made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday during his Independence Day address:

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– 18,500 villages which still remain without power to be provided electricity in the next 1,000 days.
– Government to club 44 labour laws into four codes to simplify them for the people.
– Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana launched with an outlay of Rs. 50,000 crore.
– Ministry of Agriculture would be renamed as the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.
– A “Start-Up India” initiative to encourage entrepreneurship among the youth.
– One-Rank, One-Pension accepted “in-principle”. Moralities being worked out with stakeholders.
– Boost to financial inclusion with 17 crore bank accounts opened through the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.
– Scheme for direct transfer of LPG subsidy has resulted in savings of Rs. 15,000 crore.
– Promise of toilets in all schools had been almost fulfilled with the cooperation of states.
– Corruption cases probed by CBI have gone up from 800 before NDA government assumed office to 1800 now.
– Each of 1.25 lakh bank branches should encourage at least one Dalit or adivasi entrepreneur and at least one  woman entrepreneur.
– A house and access to basic services like electricity to all by 2022.

(IANS)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Form Committee on ‘One Nation, One Election’

He said that members of all the opposition parties present at the meeting supported the idea barring the CPI and CPI-M

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an all-party meeting on Wednesday said that a committee will be formed to look into the various issues regarding the “one nation, one election” plan.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told this to the media after the conclusion of the meeting which lasted for over three-and-a-half hours.

Singh said that five major agendas were discussed in the meeting, including the “one nation, one election” agenda.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves toward his supporters during an election campaign rally in New Delhi, May 8, 2019. VOA

He said that members of all the opposition parties present at the meeting supported the idea barring the CPI and CPI-M.

“Only CPI and CPI-M expressed difference of opinion, saying how it could be implemented,” the Defence Minister said.

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Over 40 parties were invited for the meeting in which 21 party chiefs participated while three expressed their inability to join the meeting citing some reasons, Singh added. (IANS)