Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and MoS PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh said that "New India" will represent youth aspirations and will essentially be the India of 21st century youth.
Taking a dig at the UPA government, the PM pointed out that though immunisation campaigns have been on in the country for the last 35 years, the target of complete immunisation had not been achieved till 2014.
TB was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in 2016, despite most cases being curable.
After inaugurating the Delhi End-TB Summit in New Delhi, the prime minister launched the TB-free India Campaign to take the activities under the National Strategic Plan for TB Elimination forward in a mission mode for ending the epidemic by 2025.
The National Strategic Plan to eradicate TB by 2025 is operational and the government was constantly increasing the budget for the schemes to counter the disease, he said.
Highlighting that most of TB's victims are poor, the PM said that the measures taken to eliminate TB will have a bearing on the lives of the poor. PM Modi speaking on the sidelines of an event called End-TB Summit said, "A target has been set to eradicate Tuberculosis globally by 2030". He said that today's welcome given by the people of Varanasi to Macron will inspire each and every French to think about visiting this city. The Prime Minister also hailed the efforts of foot soldiers who are working on the ground as well as patients who have beaten the disease.
The summit would set the stage for the September 2018 United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB, where for the first time, TB would be discussed in the UN General Assembly. "I am confident that India can be free of TB by 2025".
With the funding of over Rs 12,000 crore over the next 3 years, the motto of the NSP is to ensure every TB patient has access to quality diagnosis, treatment, and support.