Highlights:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Indian Space Association (ISpA) through video conference
  • He explained how the space sector earlier stood to be synonymous with the ruling dispensation
  • PM Modi noted that the Indian Space Association will act as a single-window

On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Indian Space Association (ISpA) through video conference and interacted with the representatives of the space industry. While addressing the occasion, PM Modi noted that the Indian Space Association will act as a single-window and an independent agency on matters concerning space technology.

PM Modi laid out what he defined as “four pillars” of space technology: freedom for innovation in the private sector, a government that plays the role of enabler and not a handler, preparing youngsters for the future, and treating the space sector as a resource for the progress of common man. He further stressed, “This the time for exponential, and not linear innovation. This is possible only when the government plays the role of an enabler, and not the handler. Today, the government is sharing its expertise and providing launch pads for the private sector. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is being opened for the private sector.”

Moreover, he explained how the space sector earlier stood to be synonymous with the ruling dispensation. He hailed that it was his government which changed this mindset. The Prime Minister voiced, “We introduced innovation to this field. We also gave the mantra of cooperation between the Centre and the start-ups.”

PM Modi remarked that ISpA’s launch is taking place on a day when the world celebrates the International Day of the Girl Child. Recollecting the celebration of women scientists associated with India’s Mars mission, he expressed that he was hopeful that reforms in the space sector would accelerate women’s participation.

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