As another Independence Day dawns, it is time to get into the patriotic fervour and recall the sacrifices of men and women who laid down their lives for the country’s freedom from British rule. As a part of the celebrations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 9 will launch a programme called ’70 Saal Azadi — Zara Yaad Karo Kurbani’ (70 years of independence: Do recall the sacrifices).
“The campaign is aimed at developing a feeling in every person that nation is first and individual is secondary,” Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters here after a meeting of the BJP parliamentary party.
“It will provide an opportunity for the people to recall the supreme sacrifices made by freedom fighters during freedom struggle,” Naidu said.
A week-long “Tiranga Yatra” to evoke nationalism and patriotism will also be undertaken from August 15 on the occasion of Independence Day, he said.
Members of Parliament and state legislatures have been asked to take part in the Yatra carrying the Tricolour and visit their constituencies.
At the meeting, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley briefed the members about the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, which is to be presented in the Rajya Sabha .
Later, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar expressed the hope that the GST Bill would be passed this time.