Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) yesterday, stressing the importance of remote sensing for sustainable development. Not only did he mention the importance of space-based observation systems, but also the development of a newer class of environment and monitoring sensors and the study of weather-related phenomena.
The prime minister addressed the agency at a time when a spectrum scandal has hurt credibility and morale. The pep talk focused on the potential of the agency’s efforts to change the world, and he urged scientists to work with greater dedication to fulfill high expectations.
India has made a direct connection between better environmental monitoring and an improved economy with more economic justice among its people. As issues of climate and resource limits increase their impacts, India will be well served by the efforts of this agency.