Nation celebrates 66th Independence Day

The 66th Independence Day was celebrated on Wednesday with gaiety and with full enthusiasm amid tight security deployment all over the states. PM Manmohan Singh has said the recent blasts in Pune were a reminder that more needed to be done to improve internal security although success has been witnessed on this front in many areas. In his address to the nation on 66th Independence Day on Wednesday, he said Naxalism was still a serious problem and that schemes have been initiated in areas affected by the menace. Singh also noted that people participated in large numbers in the Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Noting that there has been a reduction in violence in the north eastern states, Singh said the government was engaged in dialogue with many groups there so that they can join the mainstream of development. "We have initiated new schemes of development in areas affected by Naxal violence to ensure that the grievances of the people residing there, especially our brothers and sisters belonging to Scheduled Tribes, can be removed and their lot can be improved," he said.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Independence Day Wednesday said his government is committed to the welfare of people in every section of the society. "My government's efforts are to provide a transparent and responsive government," said Gehlot while unfurling the national flag at the state-level ceremony in Jaipur's Sawai Man Singh Stadium here on the occasion of the 66th Independence Day. "We have, from today, launched a free veterinary medicine scheme in the state," Gehlot said while highlighting various government schemes.