ISRO has initiated a process of formulating a National Space Act for regulating space activities in India

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has initiated a process of formulating a National Space Act for India for regulating space activities in India, facilitate enhanced levels of private sector participation and offering more commercial opportunities. Towards this, a two day national workshop was held at ISRO Headquarters, Bangalore during Jan 16-17, 2015 with the participation of experts across the country. A draft version has been prepared, which is under consultation with experts. ISRO is presently implementing the space debris mitigation guidelines endorsed by the United Nations in design and operation of all its space systems. ISRO is also actively participating with various international fora for conducting relative analysis of new techniques for debris removal. India has currently signed co-operation agreements with 35 countries for peaceful uses of outer space. Five international treaties on outer space activities formulated under the aegis of United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space are already in place. India is a Member State in four major treaties. This information was given by MoS in the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to an unstarred question in the Lok Sabha.