Independence Day 2021: Modi Announces National Hydrogen Mission Amid Climate Change

A street vendor sells Indian national flags near the Red Fort in New Delhi, on Aug. 14, 2021. (Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg)

Independence Day 2021: Modi Announces National Hydrogen Mission Amid Climate Change

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PM Modi's Address On Independence Day

PM Modi began his speech by remembering the freedom fighters, ANI tweeted.

India’s scientists and entrepreneurs, Modi said, helped the country be self-reliant in Covid-19 vaccines.

  • 54 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered

  • 80 crore people have been given free rations during the pandemic

National Hydrogen Mission

India is the only country among G-20 that is moving rapidly towards achieving its climate goals, Modi said. "[It] reached 100 GW of renewable energy ahead of timeline; toward target of 475 GW by 2030."

He also announced National Hydrogen Mission, toward green hydrogen development. "Need to make India a hub of green hydrogen production and export."

Energy-Independent India

India is not energy-independent today, spends Rs 12 lakh crore annually on energy imports, the prime minister said.

  • Need to resolve that the country shall be energy independent before 100th year of Independence.

Last-Mile Services

The next generation of reforms to put primacy on citizens getting seamless delivery of services up to last mile, Modi said.

  • To ensure overall development, will need to end needless intervention of the government in people’s lives.

India’s Startup Ecosystem 

Yesterday’s startups are today’s unicorns, and the country’s new wealth creators, according to Prime Minister Modi.

  • Need to work towards making India’s startup ecosystem the best in the world.

Production-Linked Incentives

Production-linked incentive schemes have changed the manufacturing dynamics in sectors like electronics, Modi said.

"India used to import $8 billion of electronic goods seven years ago, we now export electronic goods worth $3 billion and imports are much lower," he said in his Independence Day speech.

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