While giving the Independence day speech from the Fort St. George, Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa said that the true freedom lies in the economic freedom after hoisting the national flag on Monday.
Jayalalithaa announced a hike in the pension for freedom fighters from Rs 11000 to Rs 12000. Also, the family pension for legal heir of freedom fighters hiked from Rs 5500 to Rs 6000. She also vowed to make Tamil Nadu free of poor.
“This day we salute those who fought for the country’s freedom. Freedom does not mean just the right to speak, write … True freedom rests in economic freedom,” said Jayalalithaa. She continued her speech by listing the welfare measures taken up by her government.
Jayalalithaa hoisted the national flag at Fort St. George in Chennai and went on to distribute awards for people for their exemplary work in different categories.
Earlier, in her greeting message, she said, “On the joyous occasion of our nation’s Independence, I convey my heartiest greetings and best wishes to all the citizens. Our nation is a tripod of secularism. It is a fusion of diverse tradition.”
Jayalalithaa said, “all of us should work untiredly for the growth of our motherland,” adding such initiative should be carried out with a spirit of unity as Indians rooting out differences like caste, creed, religion and language.