Rajnath approves Task Force report on Space Technology in Border Management

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has approved the report of the Task Force created by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to identify areas for use of Space Technology in improving Border Management.
The Task Force headed by Joint Secretary (Border Management) and having members from BSF, Department of Space and BM Division, consulted all stakeholders including Border Guarding Forces (BGFs), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) and Ministry of Defence (MoD) to finalise the report, an official press release said.
The areas identified for use of space technology are Island Development; Border Security; Communication and Navigation; GIS and Operations Planning System; and Border Infrastructure Development.
To execute the project in a time-bound manner, a short, medium and long term plan have been proposed for implementation in five years in close coordination with 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 the short term, immediate needs of BGFs will be met by procurement of high-resolution imagery and the hiring of bandwidth for communications, the release said.
In the mid-term, one satellite is being launched by ISRO for the exclusive use of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
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, the release added.

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