As India celebrates 72 years of Independence from the British Raj on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his desire to see the country’s Tricolour in space. During his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of Red Fort, PM Modi praised scientists that are excelling in their research and innovation projects, and went onto express his desire for India to undertake its first ever Manned Space Mission.
"By 2022 when India completes 75 years of Independence, or before that, a son or daughter of India will go to space and unfurl the Tricolor". He added, "we'll send an Indian space shuttle piloted by an Indian" thereby, making India the fourth country in the world to achieve this challenging mission.
Previously, Russia, China and the United States Of America have successfully launched Human spaceflights in to the space.
"We are poised for record economic growth. India's voice is being heard effectively at the world stage. We are integral parts of forums whose doors were earlier closed for us," said PM Modi
Speaking about the country's will to transform and perform, the Prime Minister said,
"We are not who draw streak on butter, we draw streak on stone"
In addition to announcing India’s first ever Manned Space Mission, PM Modi highlighted the importance of an efficient Agriculture export policy and the new forms of farming to help the livelihood of the nation's farmers. Speaking about providing affordable food and healthcare, PM said,
“We provide the poor of our country food in 2-3 rupees, but the credit doesn't go to the government”. He added, “Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan will be launched on 25th September this year. It is high time we ensure that the poor of India get access to good quality and affordable healthcare”.
PM Modi also emphasized on the use technological advancements in the forms of farming, namely, organic farming and solar farming. The PM went onto announce the Ayushman Bharat scheme and said, “With a 'Beej Se Bazar Tak' approach, we are bringing remarkable changes in the agriculture sector. The aim is to double farmer incomes by 2022”.