Government plans to take up the exercise of geo-tagging on a mission mode to better monitor assets created under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS). A memorandum of understanding was signed between the rural development ministry and ISRO, department of space. In a recently held review meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked for online recording and monitoring of assets to check leakages and for effective mapping of terrain for future developmental works. Around 30 lakh assets are created annually across the country under the rural job scheme. The space technology is being used at the grassroots level for not just “visualization of the assets” but also for mapping terrains to undertake other developmental works such as watershed and drought-proofing. Huge amount of funds are now flowing through the 14th Finance Commission to Gram Panchayats and the government is trying to add more quality assets through MGNREGA in rural areas for poverty alleviation.
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