Union Minister of State for Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said in New Delhi on Tuesday that the private sector will be allowed to use Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) facilities and other relevant assets to improve its capacities.
Briefing about India’s achievement in the field of space technology during the first year of the second term of the Modi Government, Dr. Jitendra Singh stated that the Modi Government’s ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ roadmap towards a self-reliant India, as spelled out by Finance Minister, envisages the initiative to boost private participation in space exploration. The Indian private sector will be a co-traveller in this journey.
The minister said that private players will be provided level playing field in satellites, launches and space-based services, with future projects in planetary exploration, outer space travel, etc., being open to the private sector.
Updating on India’s first-ever Human Space Mission ‘Gaganyaan’ to be undertaken by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Dr. Singh said the selection of the astronauts was accomplished and their training in Russia had also started but got interrupted because of the COVID-19 outbreak. He said the project would be followed up soon.
Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that in the year that has just gone by, ISRO launched a special programme for young school children called ‘Young Scientists Programme - YUVIKA’. The programme is primarily aimed at imparting basic knowledge on space technology and its applications to the younger generations, he said.
Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, ISRO scientists have been engaged in search of the best methods to provide essential medical devices, protective kits and other equipment.