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NEW DELHI: India has attained self-reliance in Space Technology and, with its newly acquired capability of launching heavy satellites weighing over 4 tonnes, India is now a front-line member in the community of world nations.
This was disclosed here on Wednesday by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and MoS PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh, while briefing the media about the decision taken today by the Union Cabinet to approve funding for the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III (GSLV Mark-III) Continuation Programme at a total estimated cost of Rs 4,338.20 crore. The briefing about the other decisions taken at the Union Cabinet was done by Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ram Vilas Paswan and Manoj Sinha for their respective departments.
Describing it as a landmark in India’s Space journey, Jitendra said that this is the first phase of the operational programme which will enable the launch of four tonne class of communication satellites to meet the country’s satellite requirements. This, he said, will not only make India self-reliant, but also supplement and strengthen India’s Space infrastructure and thus reduce the dependence on procuring launches from foreign countries.
Dr Jitendra Singh thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his continued patronage and support to India’s Space Programme and also hailed the Union Cabinet decision to provide an exclusive budget for carrying forward the Space Missions.
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