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Watch: PM Modi’s Complete Independence Day Speech

August 15, 2018, 2:44 PM IST India India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi set the stage for the 2019 electoral battle with his Independence Day speech at the Red Fort, highlighting social justice and universal healthcare as the main agenda of his government.

The two big-ticket announcements made by the PM were the rollout of the Ayushman Bharath healthcare scheme and the plan to send an Indian to the space by 2022, the year India celebrates its 75th Independence Day.

Announcing the mega health scheme Ayushman Bharat, now repackaged as Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan, Modi said it will be rolled out on September 25, the birth anniversary of Deendayal Upadhyaya.

“The scheme will provide a cover of Rs 5 lakh per year to 50 crore individuals across income groups. However wealthy the family may be, a perennial illness dents financial stability of the family forever. In order to prevent that from happening, we will be holding experiments in this sector for the next 6-7 weeks after which we will officially roll out the scheme,” the PM said