Remote sensing database to upgrade planning: Omar
“A real-time spatial database available to planners and decision making authorities would significantly help in improving governance and reaching out to people on development front according to their requirements and development needs in particular sectors”, he said and added that collection, storage and usage of data acquired through latest technological interventions and its harmonization in a holistic manner would serve as a king-pin in decision making and planning process.
Formally launching the State Spatial Data Infrastructure (SSDI) project and addressing the sensitization-cum-demonstration workshop in this regard organized by the Department of Environment and Remote Sensing here this morning, the Chief Minister said that Geographical Information Service (GIS) mapping of social sectors like health, education, road communication, forest conservation, etc is now a modern concept of basing schemes and infrastructure development programmes on the data collected through this method.
The Chief Minister said that in a State like Jammu and Kashmir SSDI initiative to address forest denudation issues, construction plans in hilly-backward and remote areas, conservation of water bodies and protection of environment, is all the more essential and cost saving as the data collected and stored could be utilized by different departments in a harmonized manner without going for collecting the necessary information independently.
“The information so available would help the government to make decisions more effectively and based on real-time database. This system would also depict real need and relieve the decision making bodies to depend on needs perceived”, the Chief Minister said and added that SSDI would help in fine tuning the decisions of the government. He said the information available through SSDI would be easily understandable, real-time and help upgrade the quality of governance and quality of decision making.
The Chief Minister said that while reviewing the activities of Department of Environment and Remote Sensing at its Srinagar Campus he had assigned some projects to it. “I am glad that the department’s one of these projects on healthcare accessibility has won the national e-governance award for the year 2012-13”, he said. He expressed the hope that the department would strengthen its working to meet the growing planning needs of various departments.
Omar Abdullah also wished success to the workshop and said that the interaction between various Central and State experts participating in the workshop would prove fruitful for strengthening the programmes and efforts of Department of Environment and Remote Sensing in making the SSDI project a success.
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