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Mann ki Baat dwells on Kashmir, ISRO

July 29, 2019

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held his monthly Mann ki Baat radio programme where he focused on many issues in the 25 minute-long speech.

PM Modi said that the people of Kashmir want to join the mainstream of development and those who were trying to spread hate and block development in Kashmir would never succeed. He referred to a recent government exercise held in June in the state where villagers from remote areas like Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam and Anantnag responded enthusiastically when government officials went there to discuss development schemes.

It shows how keen people of Kashmir are to join mainstream of development... Such programmes and people's participation in them show that people of Kashmir want good governance…. the power of development is stronger than the might of bullets and bombs. It is clear that those who wish to spread hatred and pose hurdles will never succeed in their sinister plans. Prime Minister Narendra Modi

PM Modi also praised the hospitality of Kashmiris saying that over three lakh pilgrims have completed the Amarnath Yatra since 1 July. He hoped that tourism would improve further in the state.

He also congratulated scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on the successful launch of the Chandrayaan 2 lunar mission and said it will inspire the country's youth to take up science and innovation. Chandrayaan 2 lifted off on 22 July.

"I strongly believe that you would have felt immensely proud on India's achievement beyond the skies in outer space. The successful launch by our scientists despite the early setback is unprecedented," said PM Modi. He praised the lunar space mission for its home grown capability.

"Chandrayaan 2 is Indian to the core. It is purely Indian in heart and spirit. It is a totally swadeshi and home grown mission. We are now eagerly waiting for September, when Lander Vikram and Rover Pragyan will land on lunar surface….We must have faith in our talent and capacity. I am confident that Chandrayaan 2 will inspire our youth towards science and innovation," Modi said

The Prime Minister also mentioned floods in several parts of the state and assured those affected by floods that Centre was working with state governments to provide relief. He also congratulated Meghalaya for becoming the first state to formulated its own water-policy. "I congratulate Meghalaya govt. In Haryana, crops that require meagre water are being encouraged. Farmers thus are saved from suffering losses".

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