CPI opposes privatisation of ISRO

IMPHAL, Jun 28
The Communist Party of India (CPI) has opposed the recent privatisation of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) by the Government and has demanded the Government to review its decision and stop privatisation of ISRO, said a press statement issued by Gen Secy of CPI, D Raja.
Following the announcement on Wednesday to open up the ISRO to private players, CPI in its statement expressed that the privatisation of ISRO runs against the objectives of using space research and its applications for national development.
It stated that ISRO wants to initiate profitable commercial ventures and satellite launches in collaboration with private sector, similar to those of global private entrepreneurs like Elon Musk and Richard Branson and added that such privatisation of national space institutions to private industry is nothing but part of neo-liberal economic reforms that runs against the sentiments of self-reliance and sovereignty of our nation and also hurts the self-respect of Indian science.