A new indigenous geographical information system (GIS) christened Gram DRISHTI has been developed by the Madhya Pradesh Government (India) with private sector partnership. The Secretary, Health and Family Welfare and Commissioner Population policy for Implementation, Aruna Sharma, gave a demonstration of this unique GIS Package at the State Academy of Administration on 3rd April.
The new software, Ms. Sharma said, will eliminate duplication and becomes an economically viable alternative to other costly software. Gram Drishti would help in the management of Information and act as a convenient tool for planning and monitoring needs of various Government departments, she added.
Gram DRISHTI is a newly developed desktop tool to view data on Maps. A unique feature of this tool is that maps once digitised would be available to various users who can create their own parameters, select icons and automatically convert tables into graphic displays. The users can also create their own clusters and compute information at the state, district, block and village levels. At present the software has been designed as a user-friendly tool that can be used on a desktop system. Gram Drishti has been funded by the Mandi research fund through Madhya Pradesh Livestock cooperation. Indian Institute of Technology at Mumbai (IIT) provided modules of Gram ++ and Trident Cellnet Technologies developed DRISHTI as a user friendly too.
The GIS would have digitised maps of thesils with village boundaries having as many as 100 layers showing features like roads, rails, canals, rivers and streams. It would have tables into graphic displays. A communication tool has also been provided to transfer this data. Different departments would be able to create their own clusters with a separate information system devoted to their activities. The programme also provides blank maps and tools to define and create a new database.