"If someone wears a suit, long kurta, we stand up to greet him, but if a milkman or autorickshaw driver comes, we don't treat him well. Dignity of labour should be our national character," Modi said.

Modi said his government has introduced an identity card for labourers from the unorganise sector and that these will give them the benefit of social welfare schemes.

India is celebrating its 69th Independence Day today. The country achieved its independence on August 15, 1947.

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