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Important Role of Space Science in Empowerment of Panchayat Raj System

Bhopal. Madhya Pradesh is among those states which are leading in usage of space technology. The Space Department (ISRO) has established its Remote Sensing Application Centre (RSAC). The Centre has done a commendable job in collection of information about natural resources of the state. Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Secretary of Department of Space Science, Government of India Dr. A.S Kiran Kumar said this at a state convention on “Promotion of Resources and Application based on Space Technology in Governance and Development.”

Dr. Kiran Kumar said that Geospatial Technology, ‘Navik’ Satellites and GPS Technique is being used for empowerment of Panchayat Raj System in Madhya Pradesh. The role of space based sources in empowerment of Panchayat Raj System is obvious. He said that India is the first country to have established its craft successfully in Mars orbit at first. ISRO has made its contribution in reaching out the benefits of various applications of space science to the society in the last few years and also in the direction of makng space technology self-reliant. Dr. Kiran Kumar said that remote sensing and ‘Navik’ satellites have played a major role in mapping natural resources. Discussing the “SIS-DP” project of the Department of Space, he said the space science has made laudable contribution in controlling natural calamities and in the country’s social upliftment. He also discussed the categorization of physical assets through Bhuvan Panchayat mobile app.

Space Science proves useful in good governance and development - Chief Secretary Basant Pratap Singh said that the main objective of the convention is to familiarize officials with space technology based sources and applications. He said that space science has a major role to play in good governance and development in Madhya Pradesh. The Chief Secretary said that Madhya Pradesh is also one among the first group of states chosen by ISRO for this type of convention. The Remote Sensing Application Centre (RSAC) of Madhya Pradesh has done a commendable job as far as developmental activities in the concerned area. He said that the scientists of the state’s Remote Sensing Application Centre have analyzed the date and pictures obtained from Chandrayaan-1.

Principal Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology Mohammed Suleiman said that India has set a new record in the field of space science. He said that the scientists of MAPCOST and ISRO together will conduct researches in the coming days which will help realize the concept of governance and development.

Director General of Madhya Pradesh Council of Science and Technology Chandrakant Patil said that the Council’s Remote Sensing Application Centre has worked on many projects of “ISRO”. He said that the Council has also made contribution in the Space Based Information Support for Decentralized Planning (SIS-DP) project. ‘ISRO’ Chairman Dr. A.S. Kiran Kumar and Chief Secretary inspected the exhibition also.