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India to ensure that space plays important role in uniting & connecting the world: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Indian Space Association (ISpA) today at 11 AM via video conferencing. He also interacted with representatives of the Space Industry on this landmark occasion.

Addressing the gathering, PM Modi noted the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Jayaprakash Narayan and Nanaji Deshmukh and paid tribute to the two personalities. ‘’These two great personalities have played a big role in giving direction to post-independence India. They 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,’’ he added.
PM Modi stressed that there has never been such a decisive government in India as it is today. The major reforms in India that are happening today in the Space Sector and Space Tech are an example of this.

He remarked that the Government’s approach to space reforms is based on 4 pillars.
-the freedom of innovation to the private sector.
-the role of the government as an enabler.
-preparing youth for the future.
-to see the space sector as a resource for the progress of the common man.

The space sector is an important medium for the progress of 130 crore people in the country. The PM stated that the space sector promises greater mapping, imaging, and connectivity for the public. Also, quicker speed from shipment to delivery for entrepreneurs, better security and income for fishers, and better forecasting of natural disasters are all benefits of the space sector, he noted.

The Prime Minister stated that the campaign for a self-reliant India is more than a vision; it is also a well-thought, well-planned, and integrated economic strategy. A strategy to transform India into a worldwide manufacturing powerhouse by improving the skills of India’s entrepreneurs and youngsters.

The Prime Minister said the government is going forward with a clear policy for public sector enterprises and is opening most of these sectors to private enterprises where the government is not required. The decision regarding Air India demonstrates our commitment and seriousness, he said.

The PM further said that during the last 7 years, space technology has been converted into a tool of last-mile delivery and leakage-free, transparent governance. He also cited examples of the usage of geotagging in housing units for the poor, roads and infrastructure projects.

Giving an example of digital technology, PM Modi said that India is now among the top digital economies because we could make the power of data accessible to the poorest of the poor.

The Prime Minister expressed the hope that a new Spacecom policy and Remote Sensing Policy will emerge shortly as a result after today’s meeting and active engagement of stakeholders and noted that now in the 21st century, India will have to ensure that space plays an important role in uniting and connecting the world, he concluded

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