The South Asia Satellite will be launched on May 5, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Today, describing it as India’s “priceless gift” to its neighbours as part of the ‘sabka sath,sabkavikas’concept.
Seven out of eight SAARC countries are a part of the project which Pakistan refused to join as it did not want the “gift” from India.
“We have always attempted to move ahead with the concept of ‘sabka sath,sabkavikas(cooperation of all, development for all),” Modi said in his monthly radio programme‘Mann Ki Baat’.
The concept of ‘sabka sath, sabka vikas’is not confined to India but is relevant globally too, especially in the context of the neighbourhood, he said.
“There should be cooperation of our neighbours and there should be the development of our neighbours too,” he said.
The benefits of this satellite will go a long way in meeting the developmental needs of the countries participating in this project,” the Prime Minister said.
The benefits will be in the areas of mapping of natural resources, tele-medicine, education, IT connectivity and people-to-people links, he said.
He thanked the countries that became part of this project. These countries, besides India, are Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Afghanistan.
Soon after taking over as the Prime Minister in 2014, Modi had made a unilateral proposal of India launching the satellite whose data would be shared with the eight SAARC countries for their development.