PM Modi wished Kalam on the micro blogging site Twitter though his official handle. The tweet posted by the PM reads,"Birthday greetings to our former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. May he be blessed with good health and a long life”.

Rameshwaram-born Indian scientist also known as 'missile man of India', is celebrating his 83rd birthday today.

He assumed the office as India's 11th President of India in 2002. During his tenure, Kalam made the highest office in India accessible to the common man in the country and was affectionately called 'people's President'. Kalam was a gentle, amiable, approachable President, known for his simplicity.

Kalam is well-known for his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology and he played a pivotal role in the 1998 Pokhran-II nuclear tests conducted by India, the first nuclear test after the original test conducted in 1974.

Kalam was the Project Director of India's first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) which successfully deployed the Rohini satellite in earth's orbit in July 1980.

Kalam had congratulated Modi when he assumed the office as the Prime Minister of India in May this year. Kalam discussed various issues that need to be dealt with, and drew his attention to three important pointers.

Firstly, to resolve the water scarcity problem in both the urban and rural areas of the nation.
Secondly, creating earning capacity for every family, especially the middle class and those below the poverty line. Thirdly, generation of employment possibilities for 64 million youths.

Narendra Modi was quoted as saying that he agreed with Kalam and would undertake all necessary steps to achieve the goal envisioned by the former President.


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