Special Correspondent

To provide instant information about natural resources at the grassroots

JAIPUR: The Rajasthan Government is planning to connect the Zila Parishad and panchayat samiti headquarters across the State with the setcom centre established in Jaipur with the support of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to provide instant information about natural resources at the grassroots.

The ISRO-sponsored setcom project is preparing the data base of natural resources and assets in the desert State after identifying them in each district and tehsil. The State Natural Resources Information System Management Board reviewed the progress of the project at its third meeting organised here over the week-end.

State Chief Secretary T. Srinivasan, presiding over the meeting, said the setcom studio established in Jaipur would be started shortly and the data base falling within the domain of the Agriculture, Irrigation, Forest, Urban Development and Ground Water Departments updated regularly.

The meeting was informed that ISRO had decided to establish weather stations at the tehsil level in the State and had spotted the sites for them at 90 tehsil headquarters. Thirty of these stations are proposed to be constructed in association with the Agriculture Department this year. The budget for establishment of setcom centres has been enhanced from Rs.10.5 crore to Rs.13.22 crore, while ISRO has agreed to include telemedicine and education centres in the project.

Mr. Srinivasan said the nodal officers were being appointed in the departments concerned for successful implementation of the project. Additional Chief Secretary (Agriculture) S. Ahmed, Principal Water Resources Secretary Ram Lubhaya, Principal Revenue Secretary Ashok Sampatram, Principal Forest Secretary B. L. Arya and Rajasthan Housing Board chairman Lalit Kothari attended the meeting.