Governance is improving, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he unfurled the national flag and greeted the nation from the 17th century Mughal monument Red Fort on Monday on the occasion of 70th Independence Day.

"When I talk about suraj (good governance) … the meaning is to bring changes in the life of the common man," Modi said.

The prime minister spoke about many changes his governance has brought about, and said that his government had take decisions to help people make online booking to visit hospitals.

Citing the example of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here, he said similar changes had been brought about in 40 major hospitals across the country.

Similarly, now, in just one minute, it had become possible to generate as many as 15,000 railway tickets, he said.

Greeting the nation early morning, Modi had tweeted: "Happy Independence Day. Jai Hind!".

And, before reaching the Red Fort, he paid a floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at his memorial here in Rajghat.

At the Red Fort, he was received by Defence Minister Manoha Parrikar, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Ramrao Bhamre, Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar and Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag.