Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh (File Photo)
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh (File Photo)

Rajnath approves task force report to improve border management via space technology

ANI | Updated: Jan 23, 2019 18:18 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan 23 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday approved the report of the task force created by his ministry to identify areas for use of space technology in improving border management (BM).
The task force, headed by the joint secretary of BM Sripriya Ranganathan, included members from BSF, Department of Space and BM Division.
Before finalising the report, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) consulted all stakeholders including Border Guarding Forces (BGFs), ISRO, National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) and Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Following areas have been identified for use of space technology are island development, border security, communication and navigation, geographic information system and operations planning system and border infrastructure development.
To execute the project in a time bound manner, a short, medium and long term plan has been proposed for implementation in five years in close coordination with the ISRO and MoD. Major recommendations of the report are to build capacity in BGFs to use space resources for security, operational planning and border infrastructure development.
In short term, immediate needs of BGFs will be met by procurement of high-resolution imagery and the hiring of bandwidth for communications.
In the midterm, one satellite is being launched by ISRO for the exclusive use of MHA.
Over the long term, MHA will develop ground segment and network infrastructure to share satellite resources by user agencies, develop a Central Archival Facility for storing various imagery resources and dissemination of the same to user agencies.
Deployment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) in remote areas will be also coordinated by satellite communications. Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) based GPS will provide navigation facilities for operational parties in high altitude, remote and difficult borders and Naxal areas.
BSF has been designated as lead agency for implementation of ground segment and network infrastructure including the establishment of archival facility.
With the assistance of the Department of Space, MHA would implement the project. This project will strengthen island and border security and facilitate the development of infrastructure in border and island areas.