Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the launch of the Indian Space Association (ISpA) through video conferencing in New Delhi on October 11, 2021. (PIB)
New Delhi: The Government’s approach to space reforms is based on four pillars, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 11, 2021.
Describing the four pillars, PM Modi said: “First, the freedom of innovation to the private sector. Second, the role of the government as an enabler. Third, preparing youth for the future. And fourth, to see the space sector as a resource for the progress of the common man.”
He was speaking after virtually launching the Indian Space Association (ISpA) here.
The Prime Minister said that the space sector is a major medium for the progress of 130 crore countrymen.
Talking about space technology, the Prime Minister said it has been converted into a tool of last-mile delivery and leakage-free, transparent governance during last seven years.
He gave examples of the use of geotagging in housing units for the poor, roads and infrastructure projects.
“The space 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,” said the Prime Minister.
He emphasized the importance of making technology accessible to everyone.
He said that India is among the top digital economies today because “we could make the power of data accessible to the poorest of the poor”.
Noting how the 20th-century’s tendency of trying to rule the space and the space sector divided the countries of the world, PM Modi said, “Now in the 21st century, India will have to ensure that space plays an important role in uniting and connecting the world.”
Talking about self-reliant India campaign, PM Modi said that it’s not just a vision but also a well-thought, well-planned, integrated economic strategy that will make India a global manufacturing powerhouse and a global centre of innovations.
“It is a strategy, which will also play a big role in global development, enhancing the prestige of India’s human resources and talent, globally.”
Highlighting the Centre’s policy about young entrepreneurs and startups, PM Modi said that the government encourages industry, young innovators and startups at every level.
The Prime Minister stressed that there has never been such a decisive government in India as it is today.
“The major reforms that are happening today in India in the Space Sector and Space Tech are examples of this.”
Giving another example of decisiveness, PM Modi said the government is opening most of the public sector enterprises to private enterprises where the government is not required.
The decision regarding Air India shows our commitment and seriousness, said PM Modi.
Earlier, the Prime Minister started his speech by paying rich tributes to Bharat Ratna Jayaprakash Narayan and Bharat Ratna Nanaji Deshmukh, whose birth anniversary falls on October 11, 2021.
“These two great personalities have played a huge role in giving direction to post-independence India. Their philosophy of life inspires us even today,” said PM Modi.
He also congratulated all of those present for the formation of the Indian Space Association.
Prime Minister Modi expressed the hope that through the suggestions of the gathering today and active engagement of the stakeholders, very soon a better Spacecom policy and Remote Sensing Policy will emerge. (Press Release)