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National Conference on Land Information System

CSDMS and MRD joined hands together to organise the first ever National Conference on LIS in New Delhi

A National Conference on Land Information System(LIS) was held on October 18-19 this year at Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi, India. The conference was jointly organised by Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India and Centre for Spatial Database Management and Solutions (CSDMS) with the objective to develop the National GIS. The two-day conference along with an exhibition was inaugurated by Kuldip Rai, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development. During the Inaugural Session, welcome address was delivered by Ravi Gupta, Director, CSDMS AND introductory remarks were made by J. K. Banthia, Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. While delivering keynote address, Chandrasekhar Nori, Managing Director, Speck Systems Limited, discussed the needs of National Land Information System in India. In his inaugural address, Kuldip Rai told that the conference was the first of its kind in recent years, it might provide an opportunity to bring together experts of the field which will facilitate a fruitful interaction on LIS.

Kuldip Rai, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Chandrashekar Nori, Managing Director, Speck Systems Ltd., I. C. Srivastava, Chairman, Board of Revenue, Ajmer (L to R) released the conference proceedings

The first session of the conference on the first day was chaired by S. K. Bhan, Dy. Director, National Remote Sensing Agency. Four papers were presented, the central theme of which was ‘LIS – Past, Present and Future’. The papers were presented by M. Gopal Rao, Director, Digital Mapping Centre, Survey of India, Vinay Thakur, Ganesh Khadanga, D. S. Venkatesh and D. R. Shukla, LRISD, NIC, New Delhi, V. B. Potdar, Executive Consultant, Theovel Surveys and Prabhakar Mishra, Consultant, Kampsax India Ltd. Before the second session, Gabor Remetey-Fulopp shared his views on ‘Highlighting e-Europe and the Land-related Information’. The first part second session on ‘Rural Land Records’ was chaired by D. K. Bhalla, IAS, PS to the Minister of Woman and Child Development. The paper prepared by V. N. Channa, IAS and Avneesh Gupta, Scientist, NIC, Board of Revenue, Girish Chandra Chowdhury, Department of Geology, Benaras Hindu University and Rakesh Kumar Thakur, Senior Deputy Manager (GIS), UPLDC. The second part of the second session was on ‘Rural Land Records – Some Applications’, chaired by Gabor Remetey-Fulopp where three papers were presented. The papers were prepared by Saurabh Gupta and Syed Taha Owais, NIC, Sikkim, Rajeswari S. Raina, NISTADS, Anand Kumar and Zia Mohammed, IPSOS Project and L. R. A. Naraynan, Consultant. On the second and last day of the conference, three sessions were held on ‘Urban Land Records’, ‘Technology Trends for Developing LIS’ and ‘Policy Issues in LIS’ respectively. The first session of the day, i.e. the third session of the conference was chaired by Afroz Ahmad, Director, Narmada Authority Control. The papers presented in this session were prepared by A. P. Subhudi, B. S. Sokhi and P. S. Roy, IIRS, Dehra Dun; S. D. Baveja, Riding Consultancy Engineers India Pvt. Ltd. and Jamil Ahmad, DPM Kanpur; Sushmita Ghosh, Govt. College, Durgapur, West Bengal Rakesh Halari, Project Manager, NESTEC Solutions and Tapas Ghatak, Sr. Geophysicist, CMDA, Government of West Bengal. The fourth session of the conference covered ‘Technology Trends for Developing LIS’. The Chairperson of the session was Chandrasekhar Nori, Managing Director, Speck Systems Limited. Four papers were presented by S. V. S. Sastry and Y. S. Swaroop, Geotech Datamatics, Ahmedabad, Sanjay Dixit, Special Secretary Revenue, Government of Rajasthan, Jaipur, Sanjeev Gandhi, In-charge, Land Record Segment, Leica Geosystems Ltd. and Alok Sharma and Navdeep Kaur, RMSI, Noida. The last session of the conference dealt with ‘Policy Issues in GIS’, chaired by T. Raja Rao, Managing Director, Vision Labs, Hyderabad. The authors of the papers shared their views on policy issues. The papers presented by P. K. Rajkhowa, Business Development Manager Ramtech Corporation Limited, T. Raja Rao and P. Raj Sekhar, Vision Labs, Hyderabad. At the end, recommendations were put for the discussion proposed by P. V. S. Madhusudan Rao. It was decided that the recommendations will be discussed furtheron email discussion group before finalising it. With the Valedictory Address by V. N. Channa, IAS, Board of Revenue, Lucknow.