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RGI, NIC receive SAG award for GIS implementation

New Delhi, India: The Census Organisation– Registrar General of India (RGI) and National Informatics Centre (NIC) – Madhya Pradesh State Centre received a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award at the 2011 Esri International User Conference (ESRI UC) in San Diego, California. These organisations received this honour for its vision, leadership and innovative use of Esri’s GIS technology. 
The NIC – Madhya Pradesh State Centre developed i-GeoApproach, a G2G web-based GIS application, by which the entire road network of the state of Madhya Pradesh in India can be viewed in detail to analyse and query various associated information. This was developed for the MP Rural Road Development Authority (MPRRDA), the nodal agency for rural roads in Madhya Pradesh. “The Award is recognition of great team effort in utilising geospatial technology for the societal benefit. i-GeoApproach, (“Road toward G-Governance”) is an enterprise solution for GIS-based planning & decision making for Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) scheme. It has been developed using J2EE technology built around Esri ArcGIS Server.” said Vivek Chitale, Technical Director & Head Geomatics Division, NIC MP India.
On the other hand, census mapping provided an accurate geographic frame to ensure distinctiveness of units of enumeration. Various level of territorial units according to which census is to be conducted are clearly delineated and their maps are secured. The maps help to clearly demarcate the boundaries of the country as well as its division into provincial territories and further sub-division into districts and down to the smallest enumeration areas of villages and towns. The census organization made sure that these maps representing the latest position of the administrative jurisdiction and all changes notified by the State Government in respect of the clubbing of villages or determination of boundaries of municipalities etc., are properly accounted for. The purpose is to ascertain that the units of enumeration are not overlapping and that they are collectively exhaustive. These maps are used in each phases of census taking, i.e., House listing operation and Population Enumeration.
Census has been the only organization in the country producing GIS based Thematic Maps for all kinds of valuable information on Demography (Population characteristics), Economic Activity, Literacy & Education, Housing & Household Amenities, Urbanization, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Language, Religion, Migration, Disability and many other socio-cultural  aspects. This is evident from Census 2011 that has collected data down from large cities to village, town and ward level. AllSpeaking on the Award, Dr. C. Chandramouli, IAS, Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India said that “the Census 2011 is 15th in the series since 1881 and 7th since Independence.  To cover all the areas in the country without omission and overlapping, the organization prepare administrative maps of all levels including interactive thematic presentation of data using GIS Technology. The Census organistion has used ESRI’s GIS technology extensively in the 2011 Census Operations which has now become a friendly tool to analyse Census data.”
S. Sridhar, President and Chief Operating Officer, Esri India said, “It is a privilege for GIS users in India that the Census Organisation has been honoured with this prestigious award. We are pleased to be associated with this state-of-art information system that has made use of the Esri GIS technology for the societal benefit of the country facilitating the services under the Government schemes / programmes, improve planning and help strengthen security of the country”.
Source: Esri