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FDI to speed up data mapping in India

The Indian Govt. is going to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) in the GIS and aerial mapping sectors to prepare an exhaustive database for the entire country. Union Minister of State for Science, Technology and Ocean Development, Kapil Sibal said that opening the sector for FDI would help speed up the area mapping work in the country.

‘‘The map database, being prepared by using GIS, would help tackle future challenges more effectively and improve India’s performance in areas like agriculture and infrastructure,’’ said Sibal. In his inaugural address on the opening session of the four-day International Conference on ‘Science and Technology Policy: Future Challenges in the Context of Globalisation’, Sibal said that after completing the mapping work using the GIS software, improvements of the GPS would be taken up more seriously.