The Government has launched a new geospatial planning portal, ‘Yuktdhara’, that will help in facilitating new MGNREGA assets using remote sensing and geographic information system-based data. The portal was launched by Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Giriraj Singh.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space Dr Jitendra Singh said, this platform will serve as a repository of assets, Geotags created under various national rural development programmes such as Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Act, (MGNREGA), Integrated Watershed Management Programme, Per Drop More Crop and Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana along with field photographs.
Dr Singh said, the name given is very apt as the initiative is a culmination of untiring joint efforts of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Ministry of Rural development made towards realising a Government to Government (G2G) service for rural planning in support of decentralized decision making. Acknowledging the potential and services of ISRO’s Geoportal Bhuvan, Dr Jitendra Singh said, due to its rich information base, satellite images and analytical capabilities, ‘Bhuvan’, has become a de-facto geospatial platform for number of developmental planning activities in the country.
The Minister said, the high point is that, this portal integrates wide variety of thematic layers, multi-temporal high resolution earth observation data with analysis tools. Planners will analyse previous assets under various schemes and facilitates identification of new works using online tools. Plans prepared will be evaluated by appropriate authorities under State Departments. Yuktdhara based plans will be prepared by grassroot functionary and verified by appropriate authorities for relevance and resource allocation.
This will ensure quality of plan and enable a long term monitoring of the assets created over the years. Geo-tagging is a process of adding geographical information such as latitude and longitude to various media such as photos or videos.