Continuation Of O-SMART Approved By Cabinet

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has authorised the continuance of the "Ocean Services, Modelling, Application, Resources, and Technology (O-SMART)" umbrella programme for the period 2021-26.
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Updated: Nov 25, 2021 05:37:58 pm

25 November 2021 Current Affairs:The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has authorised the continuance of the "Ocean Services, Modelling, Application, Resources, and Technology (O-SMART)" umbrella programme for the period 2021-26.

Highlights:
  • The continuance was approved at a cost of Rs 2177 crore. The autonomous institutions of the Ministry of Earth Sciences are in charge of implementing all of the sub-schemes.
  • The O-SMART programme is a government initiative that was started on August 29, 2018, with the goal of encouraging ocean research and establishing early warning weather systems. 
  • It also intends to handle activities related to ocean development such as technology, services, science, resources, and observations. 
  • The Ministry of Earth Sciences is in charge of implementing this plan. O-SMART is an interdisciplinary ongoing programme. 
  • It will strengthen the nation's capabilities in the oceanographic sector at the world level through intensive research and technology development initiatives.
  •  In the next five years, this scheme will provide even more comprehensive coverage by bolstering ongoing activities aimed at delivering cutting-edge technology applicable to the marine domain, understanding biodiversity in order to develop conservation strategies, forecasting and warning services, and so on.
Objectives
The O-SMART system has the following goals,
  • To deliver forecasts and services based on continuous ocean observation,
  • To create technology and conduct exploratory studies in order to exploit ocean resources in a sustainable manner.
  • To encourage cutting-edge research in ocean sciences.
Sub-Schemes
  1. Ocean Technology
  2. Ocean Modelling and Advisory Services (OMAS)
  3. Ocean Observation Network (OON)
  4. Ocean Non-Living Resources
  5. Marine Living Resources and Ecology (MLRE)
  6. Coastal Research
  7. Operation and Maintenance of Research Vessels.
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