A. R. Dasgupta
Project Director, System Implementation-NRIS
Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad
In 1983, the Department of Space, DOS, realised that to promote the wide use of the technology of Remote Sensing it would be necessary to integrate the technology into the existing information systems which were in day to day use by resource managers and planners. With this in view a major programme called the National Natural resources Management System, NNRMS was launched under the aegis of the Planning Commission. One of the important elements of the NNRMS was the NRIS or the National (Natural) Resources Management System. The parenthetical adding of the word ‘Natural’, in a way, explains the raison d’etre of the NRIS. Resources management is a very involved task and requires the combined efforts of different experts, ranging from natural resource scientists to economists and bureaucrats. The technology of Remote Sensing, however, primarily addresses the information needs of the natural resource scientists and any associated information system would therefore be oriented towards natural resources. The NRIS would thus be a feeder information system to the larger information system of the Government, which would include socioeconomic information and models.