Since its inception, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been driven by the objective of harnessing the benefits of space technology for national development and improving the lives of the people.
The satellite-enabled data and services are being used to improve the living standards of people. These include television broadcasting, Direct-to-Home, ATM, mobile communication, tele-education, tele-medicine, and advisories on weather, pest infestation, agro-meteorology, and potential fishing zones.
Satellite data is also used for crop production estimation, crop intensification, agricultural drought assessment, wasteland inventory, identifying groundwater prospect zones, inland aquaculture suitability, and disaster risk reduction, which indirectly benefits the people.
In order to promote the use of space technology for governance and public administration, Department of Space had formed expert working groups in ISRO for proactive interaction with the government departments and prepared the joint action plan on ‘Effective use of Space Technology in Governance & Development’.
In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of State (independent charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh, informed that about 127 projects emerged out of a National Meet in 2015, that is being executed in the areas of Natural Resources Management, Planning, Monitoring & Decision Making, and Disaster Risk Reduction.
To promote utilisation of space technology in state government departments, state-level workshops have also been conducted in 17 states. Other measures include
(i) institutionalisation of space applications in many ministries/departments,
(ii) conduct of training sessions on space technology-based applications at LBSNAA (DoPT)
(iii) training of deputy secretaries as part of ISTM Programs (DoPT).