BENGALURU, Jan 17: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that under the Modi Government, Space Technology has entered every Indian household.
Addressing the inaugural session of ISRO’s UNNATI (UNispace Nano-satellites Assembly and Training by ISRO) programme, Dr Jitendra Singh said, with the personal indulgence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Space Technology in India is no longer confined only to launching of satellites, but has become an active participant in all the infrastructural and development programmes, including construction of roads, laying down of rail-tracks and channelization of agriculture through Soil health cards and other techniques, bringing in more transparency in pro-poor programmes through applications like Geo-tagging of MnREGA, etc. He said, it is a remarkable achievement for India’s Space scientists that even though India embarked on its Space journey several years after certain developed nations like USA and Russia, today the inputs and research outcomes of Indian Scientists are being obtained by premier Space Centres like NASA of America.
Welcoming over 30 delegates from nearly 17 countries, who are here to attend the UNNATI programme, Dr Jitendra Sing said, the lead taken by ISRO has established India’s central role among the community of world nations and heralds the shape of things to come in the near future when India is destined to play a vital role as a front-line nation in the world arena.
Describing the next two or three years as highly eventful for ISRO, Dr Jitendra Singh said, Chandrayan-2 is about to be launched within next few months and recalled that even though USA was the first to land a human being on the Moon, it was our earlier Moon mission, Chandrayan-I, which succeeded in discovering the presence of water on the surface of Moon.
He said the preparations are in full swing for launch of the first Human Space Mission “Gaganyan” and it will be a game-changer as far as our understanding about Space and its milieu is concerned.
Dr Jitendra Singh also visited the chamber where Chandrayan-2 mission is undergoing preparations and said that in the years to come, an additional important responsibility of Space Technology would be “Space Security” whereby minute vigil will be possible as a safeguard.