Indore, India: Encouraged with the success of GIS deployment by the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department, six more states of India, including Gujarat, Kerala, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, UP, J&K and Himachal have asked the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department to educate them on the system. The forest departments found it as a solution to deal with the issue of staff shortage.
According to R K Dave, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), Madhya Pradesh Forest Department, the GIS is estimated to cost less than INR one crore for implementing across the country. Chief Conservator of Forests Dr P C Dubey said the GIS will help monitor the development of plants, lakes, water bodies and buildings. The department, which has a shortage of around 2,582 employees, feels that they can make up for the shortage of manpower with the help of the latest system.
Dave added that the new system helps in bringing transparency in working of the department. “From my office, I can now monitor the forest areas. So, there is a less chance of misuse of resources and manipulation of facts and figures.”