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PM should be alert to machinations to upset the plan to reform the Space Sector

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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had made the announcement on 16 May that the Union Government has decided to go ahead with structural reforms in eight priority sectors, including Space and Atomic Energy, Defence Production, Civil Aviation, and Power Sector.

In the Space Sector, private sector participation will be boosted, the Finance Minister announced while underscoring that level playing field will be provided to private companies in satellites, launches and space-based services and that predictable policy and regulatory environment will be created for the private players. Under the new policy the private sector will be allowed to use ISRO facilities and other relevant assets to improve their capacities. Future projects such as planetary exploration and outer space travel shall also be opened up for private sector. There will be liberal geo-spatial data policy for providing remote-sensing data to tech-entrepreneurs.

Reform of the Space Sector is a move in the right direction but it has to be coupled and integrated with the legal framework. Simultaneously, what cannot be swept under the carpet is the recommendation by a number of Parliamentary committees to separate the two posts – the post of Secretary Department of Space and Chairman ISRO.

In an editorial 3-months ago, it was also pointed out that the chairmanship of the Space Commission under the chairman ISRO has been given absolute freedom to push it’s own agenda. Seldom are the user departments consulted or a comprehensive review done on where is ISRO vis-a-vis other space-faring nations, especially in terms of technologies. The edit also brought in focus the fact that a lot many satellites have been launched with 2 to 5 years lag in setting up of ground segments. The recent aborted GISAT-1 launch was also in the category of disconnect with the user departments. The PM’s attention was also been drawn towards the need to bifurcate the top post in ISRO and to codify it’s selection and promotion policy.

As a first step towards reform of the Space Sector, the Government is on the verge of appointing the first Chairman of the National level Board being set up to handle a range of issues connected with India’s Space Programme, Private sector participation and optimum utilisation of the ISRO facility.

The Government while appointing a Chairman to head the new Board should not repeat the mistake it did when appointing a junior scientist as Space Commission member. The Government will be on the right track by ensuring that the senior-most scientist becomes Chairman ISRO and someone less senior heads the Board – preferably an outsider to bring in fresh ideas and better accountability. Putting an ISRO man in that capacity (Chairman of the new Board) will result in business as usual.

It is also important to note that the newly formed NewSpace India Ltd (NSIL) is not exempt from Department of Public Enterprises guidelines and any Chairman of the company should be selected by an open advertisement by the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) and not by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) on the recommendations of the Chairman ISRO as it is being done.The company which was set up to transfer technology to the Pvt sector has not even been transferred a pin till now.

Pratik Doshi’s appointment approved as PS to Prime Minister

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New Delhi:  The appointment of Pratik Doshi, a private person, as OSD (R&S) to the Prime Minister in the Joint Secretary rank with effect from 14 June 2019 on co-terminus basis or untill further orders was approved by the competent authority on Tuesday, 23 July 2019.

Similarly the appointment of Rajeev Topno, IAS, Gujarat, 1996, as Private Secretary to the Prime Minister and Sanjeev Kumar Singla, IFS (1997) also as Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, both at the Joint Secretary level has been approved with effect from 14 June 2019 .

Another appointment approved today is that of Hiren Joshi, as OSD (C&IT) to the Prime Minister at Joint Secretary level.

Appointments of officers at Joint Secretary/Joint Secretary equivalent level

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on Monday, 22 July 2019, approved the appointments of officers at Joint Secretary/Joint Secretary equivalent level with pay at Level 14 (Rs. 1,44,200 – Rs. 2,18,200/-) of the Pay Matrix:

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NEWS this week: From Prime Minister’s Office

Massive Make in India success with the inauguration of the world’s largest mobile manufacturing unit in Noida


Massive Make in India success with the inauguration of the world’s largest mobile manufacturing unit in Noida


Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in, jointly inaugurated a mobile manufacturing facility of Samsung India, at Noida. PM Modi also noted that India now ranks second, globally, in the manufacture of mobile phones, with the number of mobile phone manufacturing factories rising from just 2 in 2014 to 120 in 2018, creating lakhs of jobs.


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All our efforts are aimed at building a New India: PM Modi in Jaipur


Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation stone for 13 infrastructure projects in Rajasthan. At the event, PM Modi highlighted how multiple initiatives of the Centre were ushering in a positive difference in the lives of people of the state.


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‘India First’ instead of politics first: PM Narendra Modi


In an interview to Swarajya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked in detail about the reforms undertaken by the government. He addressed range of issues, from privatisation of public sector units (PSUs), the efforts to put Indian banking back on the rails, farmer welfare and so on.


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Farmers’ income receives a boost with 1.5 times increase in MSP for kharif crops

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the increase in the Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for all kharif crops for 2018-19. The PM, while congratulating Indian farmers, reiterated his government’s commitment towards farmer welfare.

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Morale of people in the border area is very high: Dr Jitendra Singh

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Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh addressing a public function at Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir on 2 October 2016.
Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh addressing a public function at Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir on 2 October 2016.

Kathua (Jammu and Kashmir): Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today said that, despite the current tension prevailing along the border, the morale of the people living in border areas is very high and even though the administration is making arrangements for their shifting to safer places, the residents of border villages say that they are ready to face any eventuality as long as it helps teach a lesson to the enemy.

The Minister was addressing a public function in the border district of Kathua. He invoked the spirit of Bapu on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti and observed “non-violence is not a virtue of the meek or week”, and added “non-violence does not imply succumbing to violence.”

Paying rich tributes to military and para-military personnel who lost their precious lives during the recent turmoil in Kashmir, Singh said, we can never repay for their sacrifice and the nation will remain eternally indebted to its martyred Jawans.

Singh said that Gandhi Jayanti assumes special significance in the present context as on this day, the entire nation is rededicating itself to “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” (cleanliness campaign) on the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that it is the sincerity of purpose, honesty and commitment of Modi that every section of society in every nook and corner of the country, is today inspired to join the cleanliness drive.

Citing his personal example, Singh said that when the Prime Minister gave a call for building toilets for women in his very first address to nation from the ramparts of Red Fort on 15 August 2014, he was himself so inspired that he decided to take up a project to build 1200 toilets for villages along the International Border of Kathua district and it is a matter of satisfaction that over 100 such toilets already have been made.

Earlier, Singh inaugurated a Vigyan Mela (sciene fair) and Science Exhibition put up by school children. He went around the stalls of different streams of science. Congratulating the students for their aptitude for experimentation and innovation, he said, he will, in the times to come, not only provide more of scientific equipment for the schools, but would also arrange for students to travel to other parts of the country and visit certain prominent laboratories and Space Centres for further exposure.

On this occasion, Singh donated computers with tables and other equipment for schools in the region. He also announced that a tourist spot will be developed in the Mandi area out of funds from MPLAD and other sources. In addition, he announced the setting up of solar lights in the surrounding rural areas. In response to a popular demand he also offered to set up an upgraded Dental Section for medical management from his funds and resources.