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Country making rapid progress to send first Indian to space in 'Gaganyaan' by 2022

Country making rapid progress to send first Indian to space in 'Gaganyaan' by 2022

New Delhi, Jun 20 (UNI) President Ram Nath Kovind said on Thursday said the country is making rapid progress to send the first Indian to space in 'Gaganyaan' by 2022.

'India is marching forward to assume a leadership role in unravelling and comprehending the mysteries of space. Our scientists are involved in the preparations for the launch of ‘Chandrayaan-2’, which will be India’s first spacecraft to reach the Moon. We are also making rapid progress towards achieving the goal of

sending the first Indian in India’s own ‘Gaganyaan’ by 2022,' Mr Kovind said in his address to

the Joint Sitting of Parliament.

He said Space Technology plays a central role in improving the lives of the common man, providing early-warning of impending disasters, identifying location of natural resources, providing signals to various means of

communication and ensuring national security.

'It is the endeavour of my Government to maximize the use of space technology for human welfare. Several facilities such as roads, houses for poor, farming or equipment for fishermen have all been linked to space technology,' the President said.

'Space technology has helped us in further strengthening our security at land, air and water. Our expertise in accurate weather forecast has improved. This was evidenced during the recent 'Cyclone Phani' that struck the eastern coast of the country. Due to accurate information and timely preparation, large scale destruction

to life and property was averted,' he said.

The President said during the Lok Sabha elections, the country attained another milestone, which, however, did not receive as much attention as it should have.

He said with the successful testing of 'Mission Shakti' a new dimension has been added to India’s capability in

space technology and security-preparedness. 'For this, today I once again congratulate our scientists and engineers,' the President said.

'The role of technology in the field of security is expanding continuously. Keeping this in view, work is in

progress to establish three joint service agencies for space, cyber and special forces. These

collaborative efforts will strengthen the security of the country,' Mr Kovind added.

UNI NY

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