Addressing the nation on the occasion of the 70th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that governance is improving in the country and unity is our strength.

“Unity in diversity, this is our strength,” Modi said, adding that “violence has no place in our society”.

"When I talk about good governance… The meaning is to bring changes in the life of the common man," he added.

Modi spoke about many changes his governance has brought about, and said that his government has taken decisions to help people.

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

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

Talking about the historic GST Bill the prime minister said, “GST will give strength to our economy and all parties are to be thanked for its passage."

Meanwhile, expressing the pain on Peshawar attack, Modi said, “India cried when terrorists killed innocent children in Peshawar.”

“Youth should get opportunity and youth should get employment, this is the demand of the time,” he added.

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

Before reaching the Red Fort, the prime minister had paid floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at his memorial in Rajghat.

At the Red Fort, the prime minister 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.

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