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Excitement generated by Chandrayaan-3 success must be channelised to power scientific temper: PM

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the excitement generated by the success of Chandrayaan-3 has to be channelised to power scientific temper among youngsters to realise the dream of a developed India by 2047.

Addressing a function organised at the airport here by the BJP to celebrate the success of Chandrayaan-3 and welcome the prime minister on his return from his two-nation tour, Modi said that at the BRICS Summit in South Africa and during his visit to Greece, he received several congratulatory messages over the success of the lunar mission.

Modi was welcomed at the Delhi airport by BJP president J P Nadda and Lok Sabha members from the national capital, while scores of people had gathered at the function to celebrate the Chandrayaan-3 landing on the Moon.

The prime minister also spoke about his brief stopover in Bengaluru on Saturday morning, during which he met ISRO scientists and took the decision to name the landing point of the spacecraft as “Shiv Shakti”. He also said that the point where Chandrayaan-2 had crash landed on the moon has been named as “Tiranga”.

The excitement generated by the success of Chandrayaan-3 has to be channelised to power scientific temper among youngsters, Modi said.

“We have to attract the new generation to science. The 21st century is technology driven and only that nation will move forward which has mastered science and technology,” he said.

“The need of the hour is to walk the path of science and technology with greater strength if we have to realise the dream of a developed India by 2047,” Modi said, adding that the new generation has to be encouraged to imbibe scientific temper early in their lives

He said technology needs to be used to deliver good governance, last-mile delivery of services and for improving the quality of life of the common people.

“I have directed different departments to use space sciences, power of satellites for quick response delivery of services with transparency and perfection,” he said.

Earlier, welcoming Modi on his return, BJP president Nadda said the prime minister’s guidance and direction had made Chandrayaan-3 a successful project.

“It was a reflection of your commitment and dedication that you went to Bengaluru directly and met the ISRO scientists who achieved a landmark for India with their hardwork,” Nadda said.

“Today the nation has established itself in the field of science and space. The world is applauding India’s science and research. The prime minister’s guidance has given us the opportunity to experience this moment,” he said.

‘Requested Karnataka Guv, CM, Dy CM not to take trouble of coming early to receive me’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday he had requested the Karnataka Governor, Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister not to come to the airport to receive him as he did not want them to take the trouble of coming early in the morning as he was not sure of his arrival time after a long flight.

Ahead of Modi’s Bengaluru visit to meet ISRO scientists, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Friday alleged that he purportedly barred Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar from receiving him at the HAL Airport.

Meanwhile, a war of words erupted between BJP MLA and former minister R Ashoka and Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar over “ignoring” protocol to receive the Prime Minister at the airport.

Modi flew down to Bengaluru around 6 AM directly from the Greek capital of Athens to interact with ISRO scientists involved in the Chandrayaan-3 mission to the Moon.

Addressing a large number of people gathered outside the HAL airport, the PM said since he was coming from a far-off place (Athens) he did not know what time he would reach here, and he requested Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot, CM Siddaramaiah and Deputy CM Shivakumar not to take the trouble of coming to receive him as he would return soon after paying tributes to ISRO scientists.

“So, I had requested them that when I pay a formal visit, they definitely follow protocol,” Modi said. “They cooperated and I am thankful and grateful to them,” he said.

Ramesh alleged that the PM was irritated with Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar for felicitating the ISRO scientists before him, and termed Modi barring the Chief Minister and his deputy as “petulant petty politics”.

Siddaramaiah on Thursday visited the Missions Operations Complex at ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) and felicitated ISRO chief S Somanath and his team on the successful touch down of Chandrayaan-3 mission’s lander on the Lunar surface.

“The government will officially honour them by organising a special programme at the Banquet hall at Vidhana Soudha. About 500 scientists from Karnataka were part of it. ISRO Chairman (S) Somanath and his team will be honoured,” Siddaramaiah had said.

Replying to a query on the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister not visiting the airport to receive the Prime Minister, BJP leader Ashoka alleged that the Congress leaders have no sense of protocol.

Hitting back, Shivakumar said there was an official communication from the Prime Minister’s Office that he, Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot and CM should not come to receive him.

He also said Ashoka’s statement is a proof that how the Central government and PM’s office has kept him at a distant.

“Our time sense, political sense, sense of protocol and sense of honouring people is better than the BJP. We were ready in the morning itself to receive the Prime Minister as per the protocol. Our Chief Minister, our government were prepared to receive him because this is his maiden visit to Bengaluru (after Congress government came to power) and this (Chandrayaan project) has succeeded in Karnataka,” Shivakumar told reporters.

“Our (Karnataka) Chief Secretary Vandita Sharma ‘unofficially’ received a phone call from the Prime Minister’s Office (that the Governor, Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister should not come) but we did not agree for it and asked the Chief Secretary to request the PMO to get the reply in writing,” he claimed.

The PMO then replied officially that the Governor, Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister should not come to receive the Prime Minister, Shivakumar claimed.

The Deputy Chief Minister said he can release the communication received from the PMO.

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