Manipur, June 28 -- The Communist Party of India (CPI) has expressed its opposition to the Central government's plan of opening up the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) to private players.

Privatization of ISRO runs against the objectives of using space research and its applications for national development, said a release. The ISRO has various achievements to its name in its history of more than 50 years of existence, it said.

All these have been achieved with huge investments from public tax money and enormous knowledge generated in various public sector national research institutes and IITs, it added.

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