Some wishes/needs expressed by the community at various platforms mirror what India needs. Revolution?
GSI chief proposes setting up Ministry of Earth Sciences
Dr Ravi Shankar, Director-General of the Geological Survey of India (GSI), has called for the creation of a Ministry of Earth-Sciences so that the nation’s development activity is integrated with the efforts at long-term environment protection. GSI, which acts as the advisor to the Union Government, currently has to deal with 16 Ministries/ Departments in terms of development and resource planning.
Dr Shanker said that “though we function under the administrative jurisdiction of the Union Ministry of Mines, users and beneficiaries of GSI data are as diverse as the Ministries of Agriculture, Power, Coal & Non-Conventional Energy Resources, Steel, Industry, Defence, Science & Technology, Railways, Surface Transport, Rural & Urban Development, Environment & Forests, Departments of Ocean Development and Space”.
However, the tragedy was that except for construction of dams, the advice of the GSI mostly remains on paper in the absence of a comprehensive legislation, he observed. “GSI has repeatedly been requesting the Government to bring an Act of Parliament to ensure that its recommendations are compulsorily adhered to by the development agencies, industry, planners, State Governments and local bodies.” said Dr Shankar. Source: Business Line, 9 August, 2001
How to make GPS usage more effective?
Prof. M N Kulkarni’s recommendations at Asian GPS Conference (www.AsianGPS.net)
- GPS data generated through public funding should be accessible to others through Internet.
- For effective use of GPS in India, the precise transformation parameters between WGS84 and Everest Datum should be established and made available to the GPS users.
- Topographical maps on Everest Datum should be made available to users without restrictions.
Right to Information
This bill would have opened up the tonnes of socio-economic and sceintific data lying as kabadi in the Government Department for usage in developmental research and planning. Thanks to our democratic set up of governance it has waited for more than a decade to be put up in the parliament. Some states like Rajasthan, Goa, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi have passsed in their state assemblies, but it’s impementation is nearly zero.
National Spatial Data Infrastructure
The urgent need is to encapsulate the national holdings of spatial data in digital format so that a national repository of the map information is available. The digital infrastructure would also enable greater sharing and better access to high quality spatial data and would also improve the well being of our communities.
Discussion Document, National Spatial
Data Infrastructure (NSDI)
Strategy and action plan prepared by
Task Force on NSDI
Department of Science & Technology
Government of India January 2001