On Independence Day, Modi promises Indian manned space mission

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Addressing the nation on the 72nd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that by the year 2022 India will unfurl the tri-colour in space. In his last Independence Day address from the ramparts of the Red Fort ahead of the next Lok Sabha election, he said the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan (Ayushman Bharat) will be launched on September 25 on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.

India's space programme has a budget of about $1.6bn, less than 10 percent of the US' and about 15 percent of Russia's.

Ajey Lele, a senior fellow at the Delhi-based Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis (IDSA), said Modi's proposal was "extremely ambitious".

In doing so, he took a direct dig at the previous UPA regime for its patchy performance on the economic performance front. Modi had also said his government was committed to the "lost glory" of Kashmir.

The healthcare initiatives of the centre will have a positive impact on 50 crore Indians, Modi said, adding that it is essential to ensure that we free the poor of India from the clutches of poverty due to which they can not afford healthcare.

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The Prime Minister also thanked the business community for the success of the GST and for making it a reality.

This was the Prime Minister's fifth Independence Day speech after the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) came to power in 2014.

Mr Modi said, with a "Beej Se Bazar Tak" approach, the government is bringing remarkable changes in the agriculture sector, and the aim is to double the farmers' income by 2022. He said this has become possible because the Union Government has kept national interest.

The GSLV MK III is the most powerful rocket ever made in the country; it was first launched in June 2017 to deliver a massive 3,135 kg GSAT-19 satellite into orbit, to deliver internet access.

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