Treading on the foot steps of Gujarat for improvement in governance, the Himachal Pradesh government on Wednesday, 10th November 2010, announced to set up geo-informatics centre for planning with help of the latest digital techniques under supervision of department of science, technology and environment.
Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said the centre would be set up on the lines of Bhaskaracharya Institute of Space Applications and Geo-Informatics (BIGSAC), Gandhinagar, Gujarat, and would be named as Aryabhatta Geo-Informatics and Space Applications Centre (AGiSAC).
Departments that are directly linked with common man including Revenue, Forest, Education, Health, Agriculture, Horticulture, Panchayati Raj and Rural Development would be the first ones to be taken up for planning under the project by digitisation of their record. This would make the working transparent and by making information available to the people on internet.
State has already set up State Resource Information Centre that uses space technology for formulation of development plans and their evaluation and monitoring. Dhumal said AGiSAC would function as nodal agency for development and planning through Geo-Informatics and Space Technology. The project would be set up with the technical support of Government of Gujarat.
Apart from the above news there was another interesting news last month. "Indian Railways to install GPS". According to railway minister Mamta Banerjee, GPS technology will be installed on trains in India in the next two years to avoid accidents. The project, Satellite Imaging for Rail Navigation (Simran), uses satellite imaging software along with the GPS and was developed as part of the Railway Safety Technology Mission to provide correct train information to passengers. Field trial was conducted in several trains, including Rajdhani Express (Mumbai, Howrah and Patna) and Shatabdi Express (Bhopal, Amritsar and Lucknow).
After reading these news, I was inclined to believe that the current scenario of GIS is definitely improving! Hope to find many more such news on a regular basis!
Source for the first news: Indian Express