ISRO Chairman S Somanath said the Indian space programme is currently confined to ISRO and the government now wants new people to come into this sector.
Increase space budget
The space budget should increase from Rs 15,000-16,000 crore to more than Rs 20,000-50,000 crore. This would not mean privatisation of ISRO, like BSNL and Air India. ISRO is core technology-oriented and it cannot be privatised as it researches and develops technology. Somanath will succeed K. Sivan, who completed his extended tenure on January 14.