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India’s National GIS soon to be tabled

New Delhi, India: A consolidated National GIS, which will help the Government of India (GoI) deliver various public services efficiently, is ready and “we plan to take it to the Cabinet shortly,” stated Sam Pitroda, Advisor to Indian Prime Minister on Infrastructure. Addressing the delegates of an international conference on ‘Leading organisational transformation for effective delivery’, organised by the Centre of Excellence for Change Management, through videoconferencing from San Francisco, he said that India had 30 departments using different GIS for delivery of service. They include Telecommunication, Electricity, and Water Supply.
The work on a consolidated GIS was on for the past one-and-a-half years with the help of former ISRO chairman K. Kasturirangan.
Dr. Pitroda said that the GoI was determined to provide excellent infrastructure, which alone would result in effective delivery of public services. The GoI had agreed to provide INR 1 lakh crore for the purpose.
Three important steps in this regard were providing connectivity to all the 2.5 lakh panchayats through optical fibre, creating multiple platforms for delivery of services and launching series of mission mode projects. “Both the connectivity for all panchayats and the applications will be ready within 24 months.”
He pointed out that the Centre was simultaneously working on a National Knowledge Network, which would connect all universities, colleges, laboratories, industrial clusters, etc. at an estimate of INR 15,000 crore. Of the 1,500 nodes planned, 1,000 had been connected. The rest would be installed in the next few months. Besides, “India does not have any major infrastructure fund. We are planning to launch one.”
Source: The Hindu