New Delhi: In the coming 1,000 days, every village in the country will be connected with optical fibre, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced as he addressed the nation on India’s 74th Independence day. Also Read - Politics Heats up Over Farm Bills 2020, PM Modi Says Opposition Misleading Farmers; Cong Calls it 'Blatant Attack' on Federal Structure

He added that only 5 dozen village panchayats were connected with optical fibre prior to 2014. However, after his government came to power, a total of 1.5 Lakh village panchayats were connected with optical fibre. Also Read - 'Great Leader And Loyal Friend', Trump's Birthday Wish For PM Modi

“Only 5 dozen village panchayats were connected with optical fibre before 2014. In the last 5 years, 1.5 Lakh village panchayats have been connected with optical fibre. In the coming 1000 days, every village of the nation will be connected with optical fibre,” PM Modi said. Also Read - Happy Birthday Narendra Modi: Kangana Ranaut Prays For Prime Minister’s Long Life in a Video

Meanwhile, PM Modi also gave a clarion call for Aatmanirbhar Bharat, saying it is need of the hour and that India will realize this dream. “It is need of Aatmanirbhar Bharat. I am confident that India will accomplish this dream. I am confident of the abilities, confidence and potential of my fellow Indians. Once we decide to do something, we do not rest till we achieve that goal,” the Prime Minister said while addressing the nation from Red Fort.

The Prime Minister said now the time is to eliminate silos in the era of infrastructure and emphasized on “vocal for local campaign”. Stressing on the “vocal for local” campaign, Prime Minister said, “After all, for how long the raw material from our country will be used by others to deliver us the finished products”.