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Indian Science and Technology Minister briefs media on 2nd UNWGIC 2022

Federal Minister of State (independent charge) Ministry of Science and Technology. Minister of State (independent charge) Ministry of Earth Sciences. Dr. Jitendra Singh, in charge of MoS PMO, Human Resources, Public Complaints, Pensions, Space and Nuclear, said today that geospatial technology is important for improving productivity, ensuring sustainable infrastructure planning, effective management, and the agricultural sector.

Dr Jitendra Singh said that by freely collecting, generating, distributing, publishing and digitizing geographic information, India’s geospatial economy is expected to reach Rs 63,100 in 2025 with a growth rate of 12.8%. said. The Modi government has consistently played an enabler role in expanding the reach of geospatial applications to multiple areas and benefiting all segments of Indian society, he said.

Speaking to the media about the 2nd United Nations World Geospatial Information Conference (UNWGIC) scheduled for October 10-14, 2022 in Hyderabad, Dr. Singh spoke about empowering society with digital power in India. He added that the government plan envisions promoting location-based/GIS-based decision-making for planning, e-governance, and better utilization of available resources.

The conference will be attended by over 2000 delegates, including over 700 international delegates and participants from about 120 countries. In addition, National Mapping Agencies (NMA) like the Survey of India with its illustrious 255-year history engage dignitaries, non-governmental organizations, academia, industry, users and the private sector from all over the world. Geospatial conference.

Dr Jitendra Singh said over the past eight years India has been striving towards developing basic and essential infrastructure and facilities for its citizens. , said the government is addressing core issues such as water, health, education, sanitation, housing and infrastructure for all. Harnessing the power of geospatial information and technology will help the country to rapidly address multi-dimensional financial growth goals and sustainable development, he added.

Dr. Jitendra Singh emphasized that geospatial technology and geographic information systems (GIS) will have a major impact on how India adopts this technology and moves forward. He said the world is looking to India for how it is using technology to tackle some of its major humanitarian and sustainability issues.

Emphasizing the role and scope of geospatial, Dr. Jitendra Singh said: He added that the government is digitizing and mapping the entire rural sector to ensure better planning and implementation of development schemes.

The minister pointed out that the Ministry of Rural Development has mapped over 4.5 million km of rural roads using 21 data layers of maps. This map contains digitized information about water bodies, green spaces, parcels and other structures essential for management purposes. He said nearly 2.6 million grams of panchayat had been covered by the ministry under the mapping and digitization scheme.

Focusing on policy reform aspects, Dr Jitendra Singh, recognizing the important role of the country’s geospatial and mapping agencies, the commercial sector, and user industries, stated that India, through a range of policy reforms, will create an environment conducive to public-private partnerships. said to develop synergies with He said the Geospatial Data Guidelines, Drone Regulations 2021, and the draft Policy (Geospatial, Remote Sensing and Satellite Navigation) liberalize the use of geospatial data and information for planning and monitoring domestic requirements. , said to democratize and commercialize. .

In a statement by DST Secretary Shri S. Chandrasekhar, the Government of India has committed to the implementation of integrated geospatial information management in implementing national and global development goals for a shared future and a more inclusive world. We are committed to promoting an important role. He said India will strengthen its geospatial infrastructure at local, national, regional and global levels by developing innovative, effective and scalable solutions to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). said it is firmly committed to working together to harness the potential of geospatial knowledge services.

About the 2nd UNWGIC

Convened by the United Nations Group of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), the second UNWGIC 2022 is hosted by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technology. Science and Technology, Government of India.

themes and highlights

Organized at a time when the world is recovering from the socio-economic impact of the COVID 19 pandemic, the central theme of the 2nd UNWGIC 2022, ‘Geographically enabling the Global Village: No one should be left behind’ reflect its importance. Integrated geospatial information to support sustainable development and human well-being, address environmental and climate challenges, embrace digital transformation and technological development, and foster a vibrant economy. Also organized during Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, this theme is fully consistent with our Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’.