At the event, PM Modi launched Tuberculosis Free India Campaign, and remarked that it is directly linked with the lives of the poor, "Among the communicable diseases in India, TB's influence has been the most and the poor are the ones suffering the most from it".
"India is determined to address the challenge of TB in mission mode".
Prime Minister Modi stressed on the co-operative federalism mantra to tackle the menace of TB.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi set 2025 as the deadline for India to achieve complete elimination of Tuberculosis (TB) from the country. It is mostly the poor who are the victims of this disease.
"The global target for eliminating TB is 2030, but I announce that the target for India to eliminate TB is 2025, five years before the global target". He said the government was doing "massive work" to ensure that active TB cases are identified at the right time and the right medicines are given. He said State Governments have a key role to play in this regard, and he has personally written to all Chief Ministers to join in this campaign.
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"Even the most hard of things can be achieved, but for that we need to fix a target". The poor were affected by it and every step taken by authorities is connected with the common man of the country.
He also called for multi-sectoral engagement and participation of all stake-holders at every level to create "TB-free village, panchayat, district and state", noting that frontline TB physicians and workers could make a major contribution in this direction.
"However, in the last three-and-a-half years, it has increased by 6 per cent and by the next year, we will achieve 90 per cent immunisation coverage", he said at the inauguration of the Delhi End-TB Summit.
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.
According to World Health Organisation (WHO), a total of 19,36,158 cases of TB were reported from India in 2016.