The Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched the Indian Space Association (ISpA), a premier industry association of space and satellite companies, on 11th October, 2021.
MapmyIndia (Founding member – ISpA) and other founding members including Bharti Airtel, Larson & Toubro, Nelco (Tata Group) addressed and thanked the Prime Minister on his vision of making India Aatmanirbhar, technologically advanced and a leading player in the space arena.
Also present at the launch event were Shri Ashwin Vaishnav, Union Minister of Communications, Electronics & IT; Shri Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor of India; Dr Jitender Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State – Department of Space; Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff of India; Shri K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO and Shri Pawan Goenka, Chairman, IN-SPACe.
Speaking on the occasion the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said: “Today is the day the Indian space sector receives new wings. For 75 years since independence, Indian space has been dominated by a single umbrella of Indian government and government institutions. Scientists of India have made huge achievements in these decades, but the need of the hour is that there should be no restrictions on Indian talent, whether it is in the public sector or in the private sector. In a way, the country has given a new gift to the talent of India’s entrepreneurs by opening up India’s space sector in its 75th year of independence. Let this collective power of India’s population take the space sector forward in an organized manner. The Indian Space Association (ISpA) will play a huge role in this.”
Represented by leading homegrown and global corporations with advanced space and satellite technologies capabilities, ISpA aims to be the collective voice of the India Space industry. The association will engage with stakeholders across the ecosystem to formulate an enabling policy framework that fulfils the government’s vision.
On behalf of MapmyIndia, Rakesh Verma (Co-founder & CMD) and Rohan Verma (CEO & ED) had the privilege and pleasure of addressing the Prime Minister for his government’s historic reforms concerning the mapping and geospatial sector.
Rohan also thanked ISRO and other government departments for all their support and joint initiatives which are leveraging MapmyIndia’s ready-to-use, indigenous, comprehensive digital map data for all India, map APIs, 4D RealView mapping technology and eLoc, to improve the lives of all 130+ crore Indians and benefit all segments of India’s economy through Aatmanirbhar, indigenous, highly advanced mapping and geospatial technology capabilities.