ISRO chief rejects criticism over high costs for Chandrayaan-1
Chennai (PTI): ISRO Chairman G. Madhavan Nair, on Thurday sought to silence critics of the 'Chandrayaan-1' moon mission programme over its "exorbitant" costs, saying that only a miniscule portion of the Indian space programme's budget had been alloted for the mission.
"Only three per cent of total budget of ISRO for three years has been spent on the mission. Most of the expenses have gone to create infrastructural facilities, which will be used for our plans to send satellites to Mars and Venus. Hence the question of spending an exorbitant amount does not arise," he said, inaugurating an international seminar on Emerging Scenarios in Space Technology and applications here.
Dedicating the successful Chandrayaan-1 mission to the Indian scientific community, he said "it is a turning point in the country's space programme and has enthused young scientists."
ISRO had not forgotten its commitment to society, he said adding that the organisation's next phase was to provide benefits to the poor through advanced technology.
"Our eyes will now focus on global warming, water shortage and telemedicine, which are important to the poor," he said.
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