Satellite aid for employment guarantee scheme

Satellite aid for employment guarantee scheme

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Nagpur, India: Maharashtra State Government in India has decided to use satellite images from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in implementing the employment guarantee scheme (EGS). The images would be used to determine the areas that need to be given priority.

ISRO’s geo remote sensing (GRS) images would be used to find out availability of ground as well as surface water and its quantum at various locations. The soil strata and road network data would also be used for implementing EGS works. Images of tree cover will help the government decide areas that need to be afforested on priority basis.

According to the state government officials, at present, the data available with the divisional commissionerate for undertaking works on agricultural development, plantation roads, soil conservation, was incomplete. “Water conservation and soil improvement is the main aim of EGS. Currently, the irrigation department prepares the contour maps using physical surveys, which is a British-time method. We will get updated information by using satellite images. This will enable us to take up water conservation works where they are needed the most,” officials explained.

“The commissionerate will also take help from National Bureau of Soil Survey (NBSS), Punjabrao Deshmukh Krushi Vidyapeeth (PDKV) and the horticulture department for EGS works,” officials said.

Source: TOI