Isro in spot over foreign satellite in Indian slot

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SummaryComptroller and Auditor General raps the Indian space agency for extending 'undue benefit' to a foreign firm.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on Friday rapped space agency ISRO for allowing a foreign private satellite service provider to park its satellite in an orbit slot meant for Indian satellites, in violation of the nation’s SATCOM policy, and for extending “undue benefit” to a foreign firm.

The audit watchdog in its latest report on scientific and environmental ministries and departments also stumbled upon disparities in the allocation of bandwidth to 22 states in EDUSAT utilisation programme as well as deficiencies in the monitoring and evaulation of this ambitious e-learning programme.

On the foreign satellite issue, the CAG said,"in the course of audit, it was observed that ISRO allowed Intelstat, an international private satellite organisation, to place their satellite at 55 E in an orbital location coordinated by the Indian administration. The foreign satellite was also allowed non-Indian coverage...”

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