If he does so, he will become the first Prime Minister of India to address the nation on August 15 without a script.

Modi, who led the Bharatiya Janata Party to stunning victory during the 2014 General Elections, reportedly wants to outline his government's priorities and reform agenda from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort.

He is also expected to unveil an ambitious financial inclusion scheme on the Independence Day to provide bank accounts to 15 crore poor persons with an overdraft facility of Rs 5,000 and accident insurance of Rs 1 lakh.

According to sources, Prime Minister’s address to nation is likely to focus on plans and programmes which have been either announced by the government previously or are in the pipeline.

He may also touch upon 'Beti bacho, Beti Padhao' programme - schemes which are clearly very close to his governance strategy.

But reports suggest that Modi's officials and advisors are still trying to persuade him to have a prepared text as I-Day address is a major policy speech of the Prime Minister and he should not take any risks.

To witness Modi’s speech, for the first time around 10,000 general public will be present at the historic Red Fort, compared to 3,000 last year. There will be four mega display screens for the visitors.

Add to their joy, Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has decided to provide a free ride to all commuters in all its buses in the national capital between 6 am and 10 am.

Modi may make extempore speech on I-Day
Likely to unveil an ambitious financial inclusion scheme
10,000 general public will be present at the historic Red Fort
DTC to provide a free ride to all commuters
Massive ground-to-air security apparatus put in place
For the first time ever, DTC will play patriotic songs in all its 3800 AC and Non AC low floor buses on this Independence Day.

Tight security arrangements of I-Day


A massive ground-to-air security apparatus has been put in place in the national capital, especially at Red Fort and surrounding areas where the Prime Minister will unfurl the national flag and deliver his Independence Day address to the nation.

Around 10,000 security personnel from the Delhi Police and paramilitary forces will keep a hawk-eyed vigil to thwart any possible threats.



Besides around 5,000 personnel from the local police, those from the Special Cell and Security wing of the Delhi Police will also be pressed into service for security arrangements while the traffic police will take care of smooth vehicular movement.

Additional manpower from CISF and Delhi Police have been deployed at important public facilities like Delhi Metro and IGI Airport in addition to crowded areas like market places, railway stations.

Sharpshooters of NSG and spotters will be deployed on the high-rises near the 17th century Mughal fort, officials said.

Security agencies are constantly reviewing arrangements at Red Fort and have zeroed in on the 'safe houses' where the Prime Minister and other leaders could be taken in case the need for the same arises, officials said.

Specialized units like Quick Reaction Teams, bomb squad, dog squad, SWAT and Vajra will be deployed along with the commando units of Delhi Police at strategic locations, police said.
Besides the patrolling of the skies by helicopters, an air defence mechanism will be put in place around the venue.

Heightened security will also be in place along the route to be taken by the Prime Minister's cavalcade and around Rajghat, where he will lay a wreath at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi early morning.

Police have also installed around 200 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the vicinity of the Red Fort while about 500 have been installed on all routes leading to the venue. A central control room has been set up at the Red Fort where senior officials will constantly monitor the situation.

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