wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

ISRO Refuses To Divulge Minutes of Space Commission Meetings:Report

The Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) has refused to divulge minutes of meetings of its Space Commission, where the Antix-Devas deal was discussed, reports Zee News. Citing national security as the reason, ISRO refused to share the information which was demanded through an RTI application, seeking minutes of all Space commission meetings, starting 2005 where the deal was discussed. Although, section 10 of the RTI Act has a severability clause which allows a public authority to remove the information which is exempted from disclosure under the transparency law, the organisation said that,”Information is related to security and scientific interests of the State” and outrightly rejected the application.

[Nikhil adds: Frankly, it’s questionable whether a discussion on a commercial deal can come under the ambit of ‘National Security’. Is there a clear definition of what exactly comes under National Security, and what doesn’t? Would minutes of meetings related to the 2G Spectrum Scam come under ‘National Security’? Surely, something like ‘scientific interests of the State’ shouldn’t be covered by National Security]

The controversial S-Band spectrum deal between ISRO’s commercial arm, Antrix and Deutsche Telekom backed Devas Multimedia, was scrapped by the Indian government’s Cabinet Committee on Security, after the media reported irregularities in the deal, to offer commercial benefit to Devas, a company founded by former Scientific Secretary at ISRO, MG Chandrasekhar. The deal had provisions for allotting 70 MHz of scarce S-Band spectrum, would have caused a loss of Rs 2,00,000 crore to the government.

Under the agreement, Antrix was obliged to lease, build, launch and operate satellites in partnership with Devas, and was also responsible for obtaining all necessary Governmental and Regulatory Approvals relating to orbital slot and frequency clearances, and funding for the satellite to facilitate Devas services.

Related:
Devas Had Planned S-DMB Mobile TV Services; Notes From The Antrix Agreement
Spectrum Allocation To Deutsche Telekom Backed Devas MultiMedia Being Investigated
Devas Multimedia-ISRO Mobile TV / Broadband Spectrum Deal Under The Scanner: Report

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Written By

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.

Views

News

Do we have an enabling system for the National Data Governance Framework Policy (NDGFP) aiming to create an repository of non-personal data?

News

A viewpoint on why the regulation of cryptocurrencies and crypto exchnages under 2019's E-Commerce Rules puts it in a 'grey area'

News

India's IT Rules mandate a GAC to address user 'grievances' , but is re-instatement of content removed by a platform a power it should...

News

There is a need for reconceptualizing personal, non-personal data and the concept of privacy itself for regulators to effectively protect data

News

Existing consumer protection regulations are not sufficient to cover the extent of protection that a crypto-investor would require.

You May Also Like

News

Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

Advert

135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...

News

Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...

News

By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Name:*
Your email address:*
*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ