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India to Play a Leading Role in Rebuilding the Economy in the Post-Covid Era: Jitendra Singh | India News


NEW DELHI: Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Thursday that India will play a leading role in rebuilding the economy in the post-Covid era and how the country’s scientific community met the challenge of the pandemic is a testament to this.
Addressing the Global R&D Summit-2020, hosted by FICCI and the Department of Science and Technology, Singh, the Minister of State for Personnel, said that the government’s continued focus on innovation and training will contribute to greatly to the integral development of the country.
Reflecting on the importance of harnessing space technology for a greater common good, the minister said that although India was a late start in space travel, in the past four to five years, space technology has become part of the construction. and promotion of infrastructure and its benefits have reached all households.
He was speaking on the topic “Building a Resilient Economy.” Singh referred to some of the pioneering historical reforms in the Space Department under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and said that possibly for the first time in the history of Independent India, future planetary exploration projects, trips to outer space , etc. be open to the private sector.
“This, he said, is also part of the Modi government’s ‘Atma Nirbhar’ roadmap towards a self-sufficient India, which envisages the initiative to boost private sector participation in space activities,” said a statement issued by the Ministry. of personal.
Singh said that private companies will be given a level playing field in the launch of satellites and space activities.
The minister said that with the creation of the India National Space Promotion and Authorization Center (IN-SPACe), there will be a mechanism in place and the private sector will be allowed to use ISRO facilities and other relevant assets to enhance their capabilities.
Singh expressed confidence that Northeast India will make a big leap in the post-Covid era in both the economic and tourism sectors, Singh said, when the main tourist spots in the world are still infested with the coronavirus, the NE region it could emerge as a tourist destination. of the world by remaining “virtually Corona-free,” he said.
Similarly, the minister said that the huge bamboo resources in the NE and its multidimensional use have great potential to reshape the region’s economy, according to the statement.
“In this regard, he referred to the amendment to the 100-year-old Indian Forest Law, introduced by the Modi government in 2017, as a result of which, home-grown bamboo has been exempted from it to improve livelihood opportunities through bamboo, “it read.
CP Gurnani, CEO and MD of Tech Mahindra and Gopal Vittal, CEO of Airtel also addressed the session and endorsed the minister’s idea of ​​collaboration between the government and the private sector to make India a leader in space technology and space communications, according to the statement.
On the occasion, Singh also launched the FICCI publication “Science Meets Industry”.

Times of India