Indian Space Association launched; PM shares approach to space reforms

PM Narendra Modi also paid tribute to Bharat Ratna Jayaprakash Narayan and Bharat Ratna Nanaji Deshmukh; and said that the space sector is a major medium for the progress of 130 crore countrymen

Indian Space Association launched; PM shares approach to space reforms

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Monday, October 11, 2021, launched Indian Space Association (ISpA) today via video conferencing and interacted with representatives of the Space Industry on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, he noted the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Jayaprakash Narayan and Bharat Ratna Nanaji Deshmukh. He said that these two great personalities have played a huge role in giving direction to post-independence India and showed how, by taking everyone along, with everyone's efforts,  major changes become reality for the nation. Their philosophy of life inspires us even today, e added while paying tribute.

Adding more, he stressed that there has never been such a decisive government in India as it is today. The major reforms that are happening in the Space Sector and Space Tech are an example of this. He congratulated all of those present for the formation of the Indian Space Association - (ISpA). 

PM also remarked that the Government's approach to space reforms is based on 4 pillars, and that the space sector is a major medium for the progress of 130 crore countrymen. Emphasising further, he added that, for India, the space sector means better mapping, imaging and connectivity facilities for the common people, and also means better speed from shipment to delivery for entrepreneurs, which meant better security and income for fishermen and better forecast of the natural calamity.

Sharing his thought on self-reliant India campaign, he added that it was not just a vision but also a well-thought, well-planned, integrated economic strategy that will make India a global manufacturing powerhouse by enhancing the skills capabilities of India's entrepreneurs and India's youth. Moreover, it is bound to make India a global centre of innovations, based on India's technological expertise, which will play a big role in global development, enhancing the prestige of India's human resources and talent, globally.

During the last 7 years, space technology has been converted into a tool of last-mile delivery and leakage-free, transparent governance. Development projects are being monitored by satellite imaging and the technology is being used in settlement of Fasal Bima Yojna claims, NAVIC system is helping fishermen, disaster management planning is also being carried out through this technology. He informed about the need for making technology accessible to everyone. 

Talking about the young entrepreneurs and startups, PM added that the government encourages industry, young innovators and startups at every level; and elaborated that a platform approach is very important to develop a strong startup ecosystem. Concluding the event, he expressed the hope that through the suggestions made at the gathering and with active engagement of the stakeholders, we will very soon see a better Spacecom policy and Remote Sensing Policy in India.

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