Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday cited his government’s push for comprehensive reforms, including the privatization of Air India, saying the country has never had a more “decisive government”.
Launching the Indian Space Association (ISPA), an industry body that aspires to be the voice of the country’s space sector, Modi said sectors like mining, coal, defense and space have been opened up to private players and added that the public His government has a clear policy regarding this. To open sector enterprises to private industries where its presence is not required.
He said that while opening up several sectors, the government has created a regulatory environment in which the interests of various stakeholders have been given priority along with the national interest.
The Prime Minister referred to the successful bid to privatize the loss-making government-run airline Air India and said it shows the commitment and seriousness of his government.
An unwavering belief in India’s capabilities and the belief that it is no less than any other country in the world is driving its vision and reforms in the 21st century, Modi told the audience after members of the space sector shared their views. said.
He said, “It is the responsibility of the government to remove any obstacle in that direction and the government is leaving no stone unturned for this.” India has never had a more decisive government,” he said, adding that reforms related to the space sector and technology are a part of these efforts.
He said that the space sector was once synonymous with the government sector, but his government has worked to change this mindset.
He said this is not the time for linear innovations but exponential innovation for the country and this, Modi said, will be possible when the government plays the role of a promoter and not a handler.
That is why it is sharing expertise in areas ranging from defense to space, he said.
He said that India is witnessing reforms on such a massive scale because its vision is clear, which is about ‘Self-reliant India’.
Stating that it is not just a vision but also a well-planned and integrated economic strategy, he said it aims to make India a powerhouse of global manufacturing.
Modi said his government’s vision for reforms in the space sector is based on four pillars; Giving the private sector the freedom to innovate, the government is playing an enabling role, preparing the youth for the future and looking at this sector as a resource to help the common man develop.
He said that India is one of the few countries that have end-to-end technology in the space sector and called upon the industry to work to make the country a part of the supply chain for end-to-end space systems. .
He said that the government as a partner has been helping the industry, young innovators, start-ups and will continue to do so.
The Prime Minister observed that the trend of trying to rule over space and the space sector in the 20th century left the world divided, and said that India must ensure in the 21st century that the region was instrumental in connecting and connecting the world. plays a role.
The space sector is a major vehicle for the progress of 130 crore countrymen, Modi said, adding that for India, adding space means better mapping, imaging and connectivity facilities to help people.
He said the space sector means better speed from shipment to delivery for entrepreneurs, it also means better security and income for fishermen and better forecast of natural calamities.
He said that during the last seven years space technology has been transformed into a tool to take last mile and provide leak free and transparent governance.
The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of making technology accessible to all.
Giving the example of use of digital technology, he said that India is one of the top digital economies today as it can make the power of data accessible to the poorest person.
He also expressed confidence that a better Spacecom Policy and Remote Sensing Policy, which is in the final stages, would come out soon through suggestions from all the stakeholders.
Noting that Monday is also International Day of the Girl Child, Modi expressed hope that women will play a bigger role in the space sector in the days to come, adding that the sector will have a significant contribution in shaping India’s journey when it comes to India. Will celebrate its 100th. Independence Day in 2047.
The government has said that ISPA will advocate the policy and engage with all stakeholders in the Indian space sector, including the government and its agencies.
Echoing the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, ISPA will help make India self-reliant, technologically advanced and a leading player in the space sector.
ISpA is represented by leading domestic and global corporations with advanced capabilities in space and satellite technologies. Its founding members include Larsen & Toubro, Nelco (Tata Group), OneWeb, Bharti Airtel, MapmyIndia, Walchandnagar Industries and Anant Technology Limited.
Other prominent members include Godrej, Hughes India, Azista-BST Aerospace Pvt Ltd, BEL, Centum Electronics and Maxar India.