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Rural Development Ministry completes GIS-based plans for 2 lakh gram panchayats

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As a noteworthy achievement, the Ministry of Rural Development has completed Geographical Information System (GIS) based plans for two lakh gram panchayats of the 2.69 lakh gram panchayats under the Mahatma Gandhi NREGA. According to a press note, the Ministry used remote sensing technology based on the ridge to valley approach to achieve the development.

GIS planning poses an important tool to keep in check the implementation of participatory planning at the gram panchayat level. Moreover, the move aims to ensure a scientific, technology-led and comprehensive approach towards planning.

In order to realise this milestone achievement, the Rural Ministry extended elaborated training sessions to MGNREGS functionaries across states and union territories (UTs) through National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR). As a pilot, all the states and UTs came out with four GIS-based plans of gram panchayats per block in fiscal 2020-21 which were further extended to all gram panchayats.

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According to the Ministry, the MGNREGS has always advocated natural resource management based planning. The ridge to valley approach which is a systematic development of land, using rainwater following watershed principles and creating revenue-generating assets are important aspects of the MGNREGS works.

The Ministry made use of much acclaimed ‘Bhuvan’ space technology solution from the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Further, NRSC with MGNREGS of the Ministry of Rural Development has developed the Yukdhara Geospatial Planning portal on NRSC’s Bhuvan platform. The portal will enable other government ministries and departments to see planned assets on a map that integrates planning for work, optimises convergence plans, and helps in effective monitoring of the implementation of works.

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