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One crore assets geotagged under GeoMGNREGA initiative

Saturday 22nd of April 2017

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April 22, 2017

MGNREGA has reached a main milestone by geotagging one crore assets created under it. The geotagged assets are generally devote public domain. The scale of assets created under MGNREGA is massive and it is estimated to involve 2.82 crore assets because financial year 2006-07. On the normal, it exercises to acreation of 30 lakh assets annually.

The kind of assets created under MGNREGA includes water harvesting structures, plantations, rural infrastructure, flood control measures, individual assets for sustainable livelihood, community infrastructure etc. As per the Ministry of Rural Affairs, all assets created under MGNREGA will probably be geotagged and special focus is going to be fond of geotagging of Natural Resource Management works primarily the water-related works.

The geotagging daily life anticipated to usher in greater transparency and accountability at field level.

Background

Geotagging of assets created under MGNREGA was started after Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised the requirement of online recording and monitoring of assets to check leakages. Subsequently, on June 24, 2016, the Ministry of Rural development signed a MoU with National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), ISRO and National Informatics Centre to geotag MGNREGA assets created under each village panchayats.

The geotagging exercise commenced from 1st September 2016. Gram Rozgar Sahayak maybe a junior engineer uploads the photos of assets around the Bhuvan web portal run by ISRO’s National Remote Sensing Centre by using a mobile app. Enough time and placement with the asset get automatically encrypted during the time of upload with the photos. With this, just a lifetime of seven months, one crore assets are generally geotagged and shared publically domain.

In January 2017, Kangra district(Himachal Pradesh) became the earliest district in the country to geotag all of the assets created under MGNREGA.

Geotagging is an activity of adding geographical identification by means of metadata to be able to media like websites, SMS, QR codes, RSS feeds, geotagged photographs etc. The details usually features parameters like latitude, longitude, altitude, distance, place names etc. It definately lets find a range of location specific information with a device.

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