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National Rollout of GeoMGNREGA held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi

Geotagging initiative of MGNREGA assets at national level, was rolled out by Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Hon’ble Union Minister of Rural Development on November 30, 2016 at New Delhi. This was a historic moment in the progress of MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act). MGNREGA is one of the important flagship programs for rural development in the country. It aims to create meaningful and qualitative job opportunities for rural landless population. Rural employment creation is the vital process in mitigating economic weakness of rural poor.

Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) can be effectively used to collect, store and analyse Mahatma Gandhi NREGA assets (watershed locations, farm ponds, percolation tanks, check dams, road layer, irrigation channels, etc.). With the use of GIS in the area of asset management, it is possible to visualise and understand the geographical context of an asset and improve the efficiency of asset management. Application of GIS in MGNREGA projects can help in tracking MGNREGA works through Geotagging techniques and by reporting the location-specific information with respect to time.

Spatial location is a major common aspect of all the asset data and GIS can map all the assets along with information for visualisation and proper decision-making. The Geotagging of Assets under MGNREGA has been done by adopting technological solutions using GPS based location information through Mobile Apps and depicting the field information on Bhuvan Geoportal. This technology enables precise monitoring and assessment of the progress in assets creation, while bringing in transparency and good governance. Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) has adopted this approach in creation of assets database, that would give rich dividends in the long run with respect to the project management and maintaining assets. The Linkages established between NIC server and NRSC Geospatial Servers to provide the state-of-the-art WebGIS solution is the unique achievement of this initiative.

Earlier a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Department of Rural Development (DoRD), MoRD, New Delhi and National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), ISRO, Hyderabad, for Geotagging of the assets created under MGNREGA, on June 24, 2016.  Subsequently, Bhuvan Capacity building towards MGNREGA was held on 29 July 2016. “Geotagging Application” was inaugurated as part of National Orientation workshop held during August 2016. Later, ‘Rollout in 88 districts Geotagging’ was held for Geotgging and monitoring through web Geoportal with detailed help manual.

Shri.Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Rural Development following the inauguration, emphasised the value of the national rollout event as a historic moment in the progress of MGNREGA. He underlined the role of space technology applications in realising an inventory of 6.5 lakh assets over entire country and optimistic about the Geotagging of completed assets since its inception.

Other dignitaries who graced the occasion are Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State, PMO, Space and Atomic Energy, Shri Ram Kripal Yadav, Minister of State for Rural Development, Shri A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman ISRO/ Secretary, Dept of Space, and Shri Amarjeet Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development. Officials from State Rural Development, NIRD, NIC, NRSC, DoRD, etc were also participated in the event.

Union Ministers Shri Narendra Singh Tomar and Dr Jitendra Singh releasing Standard Operating Manual book after jointly launching “Geo MGNREGA”

 

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