GIS Based application for Rural Development - A Policy Warranted

Abstract

The world is changing very fast. And the expectations of the customers are also changing exponentially. This pace of change are forcing to have phenomenal challenge to all those working in the GI industry. The boom in mobile and internet technologies continues to grow the importance of Geographic Information whilst customers demand better quality, consistency and accuracy of geographic data in the location based market. At the same time technological innovation is enabling us to collect, integrate, store, manage, manipulate, enhance and distribute this information more and more effectively in hand with a growing customer requirement for real time data update. So the challenge presented today in any field is part of a global phenomenon. In the context of our state, deployment of such a tool is even more important since it can help plan better irrigation schemes, predict the impact of proposed highways and railway lines, help in locating the right area for new industries or housing colonies, identify locations losing plantation at alarming rate and suggest possible counter measurements, etc. Governments are increasingly seeking greater effectiveness and efficiencies in the delivery of services to the citizen. This growing agenda to reform public services have provoked a shift to be more customer and output focused. This in turn has added another dimension to the requirement for change together with some changes in funding and the need to become more commercial. The initiative set by the Departments of Space and of Science and Technology with regard to a NSDI recognises the requirement for readily accessible digital spatial information and its importance in underpinning every aspect of socioeconomic activity.

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