India's Modi announces space mission, health scheme as election nears

India's Modi announces space mission, health scheme as election nears

In his Independence Day address to the nation, Modi said: "In space technology, we have dreamt something; our scientists have dreamt something".

As he laid down his vision for a new India, audience broke into applause.

"If we don't look at where we started, we will not be able to understand how far we have come", he said.

If successful, India would be the fourth nation to achieve that feat.

Stating that India is now the sixth largest economy in the world, Modi said global institutions are saying that "India will give strength to the world economy for the next three decades". The Indian manned mission will likely have a three-person crew entering the low Earth Orbit and will be carried out on board the indigenous Mark GSLV III launch vehicle.

A project underway for at least 15 years, ISRO has continued to build its capabilities and develop critical technologies required to send a human being into space.

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On the other hand, talking about Gaganyaan 2022 mission, ISRO chairman K Sivan said that PM Modi has given us the target and it was their duty to achieve it. Kalpana Chawla, an Indian-American, flew on two Space Shuttle missions. He said while the country was earlier counted among the fragile five economies of the world "today India is considered a multi-trillion dollar destination for investment".

He said structural reforms like a national tax, which replaced a swathe of state and local taxes, bankruptcy and insolvency laws, as well as a crackdown on corruption, have helped transform the economy for the better.

Industry body Ficci welcomed "firm resolve" of the prime minister to position India among the top economies of the world.

CII said the announcement of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Abhiyaan for health under the Ayushman Bharat scheme from September 25 is a milestone for the nation.

In a virtual election speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday projected himself as an impatient agent of change against the backdrop of "docile and inefficient" governance during the Congress-led UPA rule and promised housing, power, water, sanitation and healthcare for all in his mission to take the country to new heights.

Modi hailed India's growing role in the world economy, calling it a "sleeping elephant" that has woken up. He will seek another 5-year term for his party at elections due by March-April next year.

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