India's Modi announces manned space mission, health care scheme for millions

Pauline Gross
August 16, 2018

"We have tested the necessary critical technologies required for the Human Space Flight Programme (HSP) and are confident of achieving it as stated by the Prime Minister", he said.

Reaffirming his mantra of "sabka saath, sabka vikas" (take everyone along, development for all), the Prime Minister said there would be no discrimination against any section and there would be no nepotism and favouritism.

PM Modi drew a comparison between the situation in 2013 and how things stand today and said if the pace of the UPA government's previous year was maintained, it would have taken decades, centuries and generations to build as many toilets, distribute as many LPG connections among the poor and lay down as much optical fibre as his government has done.

Modi said that rape must disturb us and he pushed for hanging rapists. "We are poised for record economic growth", the prime minister said. The people of India, our courageous army personnel had faith in us and we were able to take a decision on OROP.

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.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday hailed India s growing role in the world economy, calling it a "sleeping elephant" that has woken up, in a keynote national speech before a looming election campaign. "I am impatient because children are still suffering from malnutrition", he said.

"With access to quality health care for 500 million people, the country will be able to make huge progress as people will feel secure and confident about their lives. Delhi's streets are free of power brokers", Modi said while highlighting the damage that corruption has done to the country and steps taken by his government. Electrification of villages would have taken one or two decades more.

Indirectly telling voters that he needed another term, he said: "My dear countrymen, we want to move beyond what we are today".

Attacking the Congress but not by name, he said if a comparison was made of the speed of governance in the last four years, people would be surprised. "Now we have brought Delhi to the door of North East", Modi said. He particularly raised the issue of instant triple talaq and said that the practice caused great injustice among Muslim women. Once India was classified among the five most fragile economies because of a policy paralysis but it had now turned into a "land of reform, perform and transform". "The country will neither stop nor get exhausted", the PM said, as he concluded his speech, ending with a short poem, much like his NDA predecessor Vajpayee.

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