MoU
A view of the MoU signing ceremony. Image credit - Twitter

In order to implement Meghalaya Geographical Information System (GIS) project, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Monday in presence of Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma at the State Secretariat in Shillong.

The MoU was signed between MS Rao, President & CEO, NeGD, on behalf of the Government of India and MR Synrem, Commissioner & Secretary, State IT&C Department, on behalf of the Meghalaya Government.

The National e-Governance Division (NeGD), Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (Meity), Government of India has collaborated with the State Information Technology & Communications ( IT & C) Department, for implementing the Meghalaya GIS project by on-boarding to the National Centre for Geo-Informatics (NCoG) platform of Government of India.

Informing about the signing of the MoU, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma stated on his Twitter handle on Tuesday: “MoU signed for implementation of Meghalaya GIS Project. It aims to on-board the State Departments to the National Centre for Geo-informatics (NCoG) of Government of India.”

Under the NCoG, the Geographical Information System (GIS) platform has been developed for sharing, collaboration, location-based analytics and Decision Support Systems (DSS).

It will provide opportunities to leverage the latest equipment, satellite date, technologies and techniques in the Geospatial domain and explore cases wherein the capabilities of Geo-informatics, GPS and sensors can be integrated to develop next generation applications.

The Meghalaya GIS project will facilitate the use of spatial and geo-spatial technologies in the planning and development activities of several sectors like Agriculture, Land and Water Resource Management, Wasteland/Watershed Development, Forestry, Disaster Management, Infrastructure, Education, Tourism, Hydel projects, Water supply, etc.

To equip the State Government officials on the use of GIS for planning and decision making, a one-day workshop was organized by IT&C department in coordination with NeGD and the Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG), Gujarat. During the workshop, a demonstration was also given on the applications of GIS in Meghalaya based on actual data of the concerned Departments.

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