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MALAYSIA-CHINA-Give and Take

From the list of activities of the 'Department, it is clear that it wants to piay a major rale in 'applications'. However, this is undesirable for many reasons. The executive responsibility for the applications must rest with the user agencies, who ought to have the options to choose the appropriate technologies for their missions. Space technology is just one of the alternatives, and development of unitechnology-oriented applications is a dangerous precedent. For example, the Ministry of Communications must be responsible for developing coirammications and they should be free to decide on the use of space technology. Similarly, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the India Meteorological Depot, the Geological Survey of India, etc, must be responsible for their own programmes. If DOS wants to do some work in these applications, it should get funded by the potential users, rather than by the exchequer directly. Its own programmes should continue to be in space-research technology, rather than in applications.

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