Question : FUNDS FOR SPACE TECHNOLOGY



(a) the amount of funds allocated by the Government for development of space technology during the last three years;

(b) whether funds remained unspent during the period and if so, the year-wise details in this regard;

(c) whether more funds are required for space technology after revolution in information technology and if so, the percentage of increase proposed by the Government in the budget for research in space technology;

(d) the details of revenue earned by providing services in space technology to other countries during the period; and

(e) the details of Government’s policy, if any, to ban export of space technology/ services to some countries?

Answer given by the minister


MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PG & PENSIONS AND IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
(DR. JITENDRA SINGH):

(a) The amount of funds allocated by the Government for development of space technology during the last three years is given below:

  				(` in Crores)  Financial	Budget		Revised  Year		Estimates	Estimates  2011-12		6626.04		4432.03  2012-13		6715.04		4880.03  2013-14		6792.04		5172.00 

(b) The details of amount spent and amount remained unspent during last three years along with the percentage utilisation with respect to the Revised Estimates are given below:
  								(` in Crores)  Financial	Revised		Actuals		Amount		% Utilisation   Year		Estimates			unspent		w.r.t RE  2011-12		4432.03		3790.79		641.24		85.53  2012-13		4880.03		4856.28		23.75		99.51  2013-14		5172.00		5168.95		3.05		99.94 

(c) The requirement of fund for Space Technology is driven by programmatic targets envisaged during coming years. It is proposed to increase the budget allocations in 2015-16 for Space Technology by ~ 27% compared to RE allocation made during previous financial year. The increased allocation is proposed to be utilised for the programmatic requirements in the areas of development of Advanced Communication Satellites, development of Advanced Launch Vehicle Technology, High-Resolution Imaging System, Satellite Navigation System, Space Science & Planetary Exploration and Disaster Management Support Programme etc.

(d) The details of revenue earned by providing services in space technology to other countries during last three years are given below:
  		(` in Crores)  Financial	Revenue   Year		Earned  2011-12		61.22  2012-13		120.57  2013-14		44.64 

(e) The export of space technology services to other countries is limited to the peaceful purpose of outer space and is governed by international and national export control regimes and procedures.

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