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Historic decision to de-regulate Geospatial Map-making in India

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Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh today said that the Centre has taken a historic decision to completely deregulate Geospatial Map-making and unshackle the Geospatial sector in India for the first time in over seven decades.

Addressing a press conference along with Science & Technology Minister Dr Harshvardan,  Dr Jitendra Singh, who is also In-Charge Department of Space, said that the decision is an extension of a series of visionary reforms undertaken in the Space sector on the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said, it was at the behest of Prime Minister Modi that about four years back an extensive brainstorming was held at New Delhi between Space Scientists on the one hand and representatives of different Ministries and departments of Government of India to work out wherein Space Technology could be applied to bring “ease of working” in different sectors.  As a result, today, he said, Space Technology is being extensively used in construction of roads and buildings, smart cities, railway tracks, guarding railway crossings, Tele-education, Tele-medicine, rural development, agriculture, etc.  In other words, Space Technology today has entered every Indian household, he added.  

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, after unlocking the space sector to the private sector recently, today’s announcement heralds the unlocking of geo-mapping from restrictive use to wider use in the interest of nation building and creating an Atma Nirbhar Bharat. While in June last year, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared the decks to allow private sector to participate in a range of Space activities including planetary exploration, today’s decision will enable India’s Geo-mapping potentials to be used for a higher goal of India emerging as a frontline nation in all sectors and not confining to its geo-mapping capacities only for security purposes, he said.  

Dr Jitendra Singh said, this is one more distinct example of removal of some of the colonial legacies that India was still grappling with and added that deregulation of Map-making is historic in the sense that Geo-Map is now going to be recognised as an instrument for development rather than only a tool for securing the country.

The Minister said that unshackling the Geospatial sector would play a stimulating role for the Space industry as this sector is at the core of cutting edge technologies like 5G. 

Dr. Jitendra Singh also invited lndian businesses to take lead and utilize the opportunities being thrown open for the making of Atmanirbhar Bharat. He said, the collaborative efforts from industry, academia and Government will make India a World leader in Geospatial knowledge. The Minister urged all sections to grab the opportunity and fulfil the aspirations of the nation to become a five trillion-dollar economy.

The new guidelines released today, said Dr. Jitendra Singh, also reiterate Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to ‘Maximum Governance Minimum Government’ by moving away from a “Mechanism of approvals to a Mechanism of self-certification” in issues related to Space technology and Science.  He said, this is a continuation of the process which began in the early months of the Modi government when the practice of getting certificates or documents attested by Gazetted Officers was abolished and self-certification of documents was introduced.

Source: DD News

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