Enhanced use of Space based Applications in Governance and Development- Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh State organised a State Meet on “Promoting Space Technology based Tools and Applications in Governance and Development” on April 24, 2017 in Bhopal. Potential areas of applications, prepared jointly by the line Departments, Department of Science & Technology, GoMP and ISRO/ Department of Space covering 20 departments of MP, were presented during the State Meet. About 300 delegates across Ministries/Departments, 51 Districts and 25 Central Government Organisations participated in this State Meet including Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Secretaries, Collectors and Deputy Secretaries to Government of Madhya Pradesh. Chairman ISRO / Secretary, Department of Space, GoI and Chief Secretary, GoMP addressed the Meet during the inaugural session.
Shri Basant Pratap Singh, Chief Secretary, GoMP, in his opening remark, mentioned that space science has a major role to play in good governance and development in Madhya Pradesh. Shri Mohammad Suleman, Principal Secretary, S&T, GoMP informed about the areas where space technology is being used by the departments of the state and emphasized that there is an urgent need to encourage space technology in newer areas of agriculture, livelihood, education, health and public security. Shri Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO in his key note address, appreciated the steps taken by Madhya Pradesh State in utilising the Space Technology and further emphasised on many new areas of potential implementation for developmental activities.
Two parallel sessions on four thematic areas related to (i) Developmental Planning; (ii) Agriculture & Livelihood; (iii) Education & Health and (iv) Public Security were organized. A series of Technical presentations on possible areas of interventions for Madhya Pradesh were held with active participation of the State functionaries. Dr P.G. Diwakar, chaired the concluding session, wherein salient outcome of each themes were presented by the theme chairs with a clear focus on the specific areas of use of space technology.
As a conclusion, it was recommended to constitute joint Working Groups (WGs) to facilitate close interactions with the line Departments for constant follow-up of the project activities, exploring newer space based applications, and implement the same, keeping in view the Capacity Building requirements.
Till now, 14 States have conducted similar Meets which were attended by senior dignitaries and officials of the State. These states are Haryana, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Mizoram, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Punjab, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Assam and Madhya Pradesh. Remaining States have worked out the plans to conduct such Meets.
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