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Indian National GIS Organisation to be formed soon: Union Secretary

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‘Aim is to organise and maintain uniform, standardised seamless GIS asset’

Secretary, Department of Science, T Ramasami, delivering the millennium lecture at the National Symposium organised as part of three-day annual conventions of Indian Society of Geomatics and Indian Society of Remote Sensing in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.
Secretary, Department of Science, T Ramasami, delivering the millennium lecture at the National Symposium organised as part of three-day annual conventions of Indian Society of Geomatics and Indian Society of Remote Sensing in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.

The Centre would soon establish an Indian National GIS Organisation which would collate, verify and maintain GIS data which could freely be accessed by stakeholders and general public, Secretary Department of Science T. Ramasami said.

Delivering the Millennium lecture on ‘Remote Sensing and GIS in Nation Building Process’ at a national symposium organised to mark the inaugural of the annual conventions of Indian Society of Geomatics and Indian Society of Remote Sensing here on Wednesday, Mr. Ramasami said that the Government was driving the project to create a national decision support system. A Cabinet Note was put up last month and a decision on it was expected soon, he added.

Investment decisions for resource planning and infrastructure development and meeting the needs of civil society call for extensive use of remote sensing and GIS-based technologies. The GIS data from different agencies like the Remote Sensing Centre, the Survey of India and the Forest Survey of India, among others, would help a paradigm shift from e-governance to g-governance. G-governance leverages the GIS information in decision managing system, he explained.

The Rs 3,000 crore project would be incubated by Department of Science and Technology (DST) and be operated and maintained by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITy). The project aims to organise and maintain uniform, standardised seamless GIS asset. Being taken up on a mission mode it includes a number of departments. National GIS is a development aspiration of India, it will help fast and evidence based resource planning, he said. The strength of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure is the collaboration of data owners and would help form a national data sharing policy, the Union Secretary said.

President of Indian Society of Geomatics Sailesh Nayak, president of Indian Society of Remote Sensing V. K. Dhudwal, Surveyor General of India Swarna Subba Rao, and Vice-Chancellor Andhra University G S N Raju spoke.


  • GIS data to help a paradigm shift from

    e-governance to g-governance, he says

  • The Rs. 3,000 crore project to be incubated by DST and DEITy, he says



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