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The Ministry of Rural Development has completed Geographical Information System (GIS) plans for two lakh out of the 2.69 lakh Gram Panchayats (GPs) under Mahatma Gandhi NREGA using remote sensing technology
What is Geographical Information System (GIS)?
It is a computer-based tool for mapping and analyzing the geographic terrain and offers scientific choices of development works suitable to the area.
This technology integrates common database operations such as query and statistical analysis with the unique visualization and geographic analysis benefits offered by the maps.
What is GIS-based planning under Mahatma Gandhi NREGA Initiative?
It is an initiative of the Ministry of Rural Development. It aims to help the Gram Panchayat ensure a scientific & holistic approach for planning at the Gram Panchayat level.
Under the initiative, GIS based integrated plans are prepared to collect, store and analyze data related to assets created under MGNREGA and also to manage them more effectively along with better understanding of their impact/outcome.
What are the other GIS based initiatives under MGNREGA?
Yuktdhara Portal: It is a geospatial planning portal meant for facilitating Gram Panchayat level planning of MGNREGA activities across India.
CRISP-M Tool: It aims to help embed climate information in the Geographic Information System (GIS)-based planning and implementation of MGNREGA. It will enable the local communities to understand the impact of changing climate in terms of various geophysical parameters and make smart decisions on them.
Source: This post is based on the article “Geographical Information System (GIS) plans for around 75% Gram Panchayats completed” published in PIB on 19th Nov 2021.