Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the celebrations of 75 years of India’s independence will mark the aspirations, feelings, thoughts, suggestions, and dreams of 1.3 billion Indians.

"This year's 75th Independence Day will celebrate the spirit of freedom struggle and reflect the feeling of sacrifice. In this, there should be a tribute to the martyrs of the country and a resolve to build an India of their dreams. It will have a glimpse of the pride of Sanatan India and the glow of modern India as well," PM Modi said in Hindi while speaking at the committee meeting to mark 75 years of India's Independence.

"We have to celebrate the festival of 75 years of independence while taking along 130 crore countrymen with us. Public participation is the basic spirit of this event," PM Modi said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led panel held the first meeting on the commemoration of 75 years of India's Independence titled 'Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav'. Modi listed 5 pillars for celebrating India's 75 years of independence: "Freedom struggle, Achievements@75, Actions@75, Resolve@75, Ideas@75."

"When we talk about public participation for preparations, it engulfs the aspirations, feelings, thoughts, suggestions and dreams of 130 crore Indians. The celebrations can be divided in five sub-heads - Freedom struggle, Ideas at 75, Achievements at 75, Actions at 75 and Resolve at 75," PM Modi said in his address.

“We are fortunate that in time, the country has given us the responsibility to make this festival a reality,” he said.

He added that when India celebrates the 75th year of its Independence, it will take bold steps to achieve targets that seemed impossible at some point. "With your help and cooperation, these celebrations will be at par with India's idea and stature," the PM said.

The Prime Minister will launch 'Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav' on March 12, the day Mahatma Gandhi launched Dandi March from Gujarat's Sabarmati Ashram in 1930.

The commemorations will include 75 events for 75 weeks with one prominent event every week. The programmes will be planned at 75 places or monuments of historical significance spread across states and Union territories.

(With inputs from agencies)