On Independence Day, Modi promises Indian manned space mission

On Independence Day, Modi promises Indian manned space mission

This was his last Independence Day address before the next Lok Sabha elections.

He spoke for over 65 minutes in 2014 and 86 minutes in 2015.

While decisions have been held back in the past due political and other compulsions, bold decisions like the GST are being taken now, he said.

"The country is brimming with self-confidence and is regularly crossing new heights". "India is moving forward at a new pace".

Modi also attacked the opposition over the non-passage of triple talaq bill in the just-concluded monsoon session of Parliament and promised to do justice to Muslim women by getting it passed early. "It is my pleasure to announce that by 2022, in India's 75th year of Independence or even before that, India will take the tri-colour to space", said Modi.

India is now the sixth-largest economy in the world. "I am eager because we have to lead a knowledge-based fourth industrial revolution", he said. "We are celebrating the festival of freedom in such a positive atmosphere", Modi said.

"With the blessings of the farmers, the decision on MSP was taken by our government", he added, referring to his government's decision to raise the MSP to 1.5 times the cost of production.

In December 2014, Modi had announced that India would launch SAARC satellite as a "gift" to its neighbours. "The narrative has changed", he said.

The government's motto, he said, is "reform, perform and transform". Red tape has been replaced with "red carpet", propelling India on the ease of doing business ranking, he said.

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Bottlenecks were a topic of discussions among worldwide institutions and experts prior to 2014 but "today they are saying the sleeping elephant has woken up and has started running". He said there is a flood of start-ups in Tier II and Tier III cities in India.

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. India will be the engine of growth".

He said the structural reforms like a national tax replacing various state and local taxes, bankruptcy and insolvency laws, and a crackdown on corruption have helped transform the economy.

The Prime Minister said, his government was able to take a decision on the One Rank One Pension scheme, which was pending for decades.

The mission will see the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) send a crew of three into a low earth orbit for five to seven days, NDTV reports.

"In the year 2022 or if possible before, India will unfurl the tricolour in space", said Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the ramparts of Red Fort.

Healthcare scheme: PM Modi informed that the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan (also known as Ayushman Bharat) will be launched on 25th September 2018.

The measures initiated by the government had also led to near doubling of direct tax assesses from almost four crore to 6.75 crore and indirect tax assesses from 75 lakh to 1.16 crore on account of the introduction of GST apart from barring over three lakh suspicious companies in the anti-black money drive.

"It is high time we ensured that the poor of India get access to good quality and affordable healthcare", he said.

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