New Delhi, India: The Central Government of India will now monitor the implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) through GIS. The Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, has constituted an expert group for developing a “strategic framework” with respect to the use of GIS under NREGA, according to a ministry official.
The 16-member expert group will be headed by Secretary in the Rural Development Ministry, B K Sinha. A representative from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will also be the part of the group. “The initiative aims at strengthening decentralised participatory planning process, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of works under M NREGA by using GIS and Geo-ICT tools,” the official said.
The group will commission studies of ongoing use of GIS in states and suggest strategy for effective implementation of Geo-ICT tools with specific reference to planning, implementation and monitoring works under NREGA, he said.
The group will determine region-wise appropriate models keeping in mind the different geographical condition of various states and regions. An appropriate methodology for collection, collation, storage and processing of data on natural resources in a given region will be developed.
“The expert group will formulate strategy and develop a working model for its nationwide roll out,” the official said.
NREGA permits works relating to water conservation and harvesting, drought proofing which includes afforestation and plantation, flood protection and drainage works and road construction in rural areas apart from canal and other minor and micro-irrigation works, horticulture plantation and land development works.
“The use of GIS will help capture existing assets (created under NREGA) with their location, status and other information on the basis of which periodic assessment can be done and policy for their management can be developed,” the official added.