GIS to be used for monitoring NREGA

The Centre will now monitor the implementation of NREGA through Geographical Information System (GIS).

Updated: Aug 05, 2010, 18:59 PM IST

New Delhi: The Centre will now monitor the
implementation of NREGA through Geographical Information
System (GIS).

The Ministry of Rural Development has constituted an
expert group for developing a "strategic framework" with
respect to the use of GIS under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural
Employment Guarantee Act, a ministry official said today.

The 16-member expert group will be headed by Secretary in
the Rural Development Ministry, B K Sinha. A representative
from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will also
be the part of the group.

"The initiative aims at strengthening decentralised
participatory planning process, implementation, monitoring and
evaluation of works under Mahatma Gandhi NREGA by using GIS
and Geo-ICT tools," the official said.

The group will commission studies of ongoing use of GIS
in states and suggest strategy for effective implementation of
Geo-ICT tools with specific reference to planning,
implementation and monitoring works under NREGA, he said.

The group will determine region-wise appropriate models
keeping in mind the different geographical condition of
various states and regions.

An appropriate methodology for collection, collation,
storage and processing of data on natural resources in a given
region will be developed.

"The expert group will formulate strategy and develop a
working model for its nationwide roll out," the official said.

The use of GIS will not only help in monitoring the
implementation of NREGA but managing the assets being created
under the flagship programme, he said.

NREGA permits works relating to water conservation and
harvesting, drought proofing which includes afforestation and
plantation, flood protection and drainage works and road
construction in rural areas apart from canal and other minor
and micro-irrigation works, horticulture plantation and land
development works.

"The use of GIS will help capture existing assets
(created under NREGA) with their location, status and other
information on the basis of which periodic assessment can be
done and policy for their management can be developed," the
official added.