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ISRO not to sign MoU with State Govt
Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Aug 9 - Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has ruled out any possibility of signing an MoU with the State Government for flood and disaster management.

 In a Rajya Sabha reply to a question by Bhubaneswar Kalita, Minister of Space and DoNER and Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Dr Jitendra Singh said that as on date, ISRO is not contemplating any Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Assam Government for flood and disaster management.

However, North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC), under Department of Space, has been working closely with the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) since 2009. In association with ASDMA, the NESAC has developed the Flood Early Warning System (FLEWS). It is a terrain-specific model and employs satellite-based inputs, in-situ data on rainfall and river discharge data at critical locations to provide advance information on flood events as an input to disaster preparedness.

NESAC, an autonomous organisation under Department of Space (DOS), was set up as a joint initiative of DOS and the North Eastern Council (NEC) in Shillong during September 2000.

The Centre plays a catalytic role in holistic development of entire north-eastern region by providing space science and technology support on natural resource management (agriculture, water resources, forestry, geology, minerals), infrastructure planning, telemedicine, tele-education, emergency communication, space and atmospheric science research, including disaster management support.

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