Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his first Independence Day address to the nation on Friday, when the country will celebrate 67 years of independence.
Modi is not expected to stick to rhetoric in his speech, and is likely to shun the teleprompter to make major announcements, especially about the development initiatives of his government.
He will most likely touch upon the issues of financial inclusion and the 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' programme that his government had announced in the Union budget 2014-15, sources told The Times of India.
Modi is also likely to announce his government's initiative for housing the country's rural population under a new scheme, 'National Gramin Awas Mission (NGAM)', according to the Daily News and Analysis. He is also expected to talk about the Clean Ganga project, a topic close to his heart.
Even while security concerns about Modi on I-day have been doing the rounds, more people are going to be allowed on the Red Fort premises than has been seen in recent years.
About 10,000 people are expected to be present at the historical monument to witness Modi's maiden I-Day speech in New Delhi. The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) will provide free transport to all commuters in the national capital between 6 am and 10 am.
Security in and around Red Fort will be air-tight, with a multi-layered, ground-to-air security apparatus to be put in place.
Modi is expected to reach Red Fort by 7: 20 am on Friday, and the flag hoisting will take place at 7:30 am.
Doordarshan will start telecasting the even from 6: 25 am and will show films based on Modi's life.
You can watch the PM's live address from Red Fort in New Delhi right here –
President Pranab Mukherjee will address the nation on Thursday on the eve of the 68th Independence Day, and the address will be broadcast over all stations of All India Radio (AIR) and telecast over all channels of Doordarshan in English followed by Hindi translations from 7 pm.
You can watch the President's Address here –