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Recognising that Remote Sensing data provides much essential and
information - which is an input for developmental activities at different levels, and is also of
benefit to society.
Noting that a large number of users - both within and outside
government, use Remote Sensing data from Indian and foreign remote sensing satellites for
various developmental applications.
Taking into consideration
the recent availability of very high-resolution images, from foreign and commercial remote
sensing satellites, and noting the need for proper and better management of the data
acquisition/ distribution from these satellites in India.
that national interest is paramount, and that security consideration of the country needs to be
given utmost importance.
The Government of India adopts the Remote Sensing Data Policy (RSDP) -
2011 containing modalities for managing and/ or permitting the acquisition / dissemination of
remote sensing data in support of developmental activities.
Department of Space (DOS) of the Government of India shall be the nodal agency for all actions
under this policy, unless otherwise stated.
1.For operating a remote sensing satellite from India, license and/ or
permission of the Government,
through the nodal agency, shall be necessary.
2.For acquisition/ distribution of remote sensing data within India, license/
permission from the Government of India, through the nodal agency, shall be necessary.
NRSC shall enter into appropriate arrangements with DOS
for acquiring/ distributing data from IRS within the visibility circle of NRSC’s receiving
NNRSC and/ or Antrix Corporation Ltd., shall be competent
to enter into agreements with foreign satellite operator(s) for acquisition/distribution of
foreign satellite data in India. However, NRSC will distribute the data as per terms agreed to
with Antrix Corporation Ltd.
3.For acquisition and distribution of IRS data for use in countries other than
India, the Government of India, through the nodal agency, shall grant license to such bodies/
agencies of those countries as are interested in the acquisition/ distribution of IRS data, as
per specific procedures.
4 The Government prescribes the following guidelines to be adopted for dissemination of satellite remote sensing data in India:
Government users namely, Ministries/ Departments/ Public Sector/ Autonomous Bodies/ Government R&D institutions/ Government Educational/ Academic Institutions, can obtain the data without any further clearance.
Private sector agencies, recommended at least by one Government agency, for supporting development activities, can obtain the data without any further clearance.
Specific requests for data of sensitive areas, by any user, can be serviced only after obtaining clearance from the HRC.
Specific sale/ non-disclosure agreements to be concluded between NRSC and other users for data of better than 1 m resolution.
5.This Policy (RSDP-2011) comes into effect immediately, and may be reviewed from time-to-time-by Government