Indian Minister of Science and Technology Briefs Media About 2nd UNWGIC 2022


Union Minister of State (independent office) Department of Science and Technology; Minister of State (independent responsibility) Ministry of Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Human Resources, Public Complaints, Pensions, Space and Nuclear Energy, said Dr. Jitendra Singh today, geospatial technology has become one of the key enablers for socio-economic development by increasing productivity, ensuring sustainable infrastructure planning, ensuring effective management and the agricultural sector.

dr Jitendra Singh said that India’s geospatial economy with the freedom to collect, generate, disseminate, publish and digitize geospatial information is expected to reach Rs 63,100 crore in 2025 at a growth rate of 12.8%. He said the Modi government is consistently playing the role of an enabler in expanding the scope of geospatial applications in multiple areas to benefit all segments of society in India.

dr Singh briefed the media on the upcoming second United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC) to be held in Hyderabad on October 10-14, 2022, saying that the second UNWGIC is significant as it coincides with the Digital India -Initiative of the government of synchronous be India to digitally empower society. He added that the government’s plan includes facilitating location-based/GIS-based planning decision-making, e-governance and better use of available resources.

The conference is attended by over 2000 delegates, including over 700 international delegates and participants from around 120 countries. In addition, National Mapping Agencies (NMAs) such as the Survey of India, which has a glorious history of 255 years, senior officials, NGOs, academia, as well as industry, users and the private sector from around the world will attend the Spatial Data Congress.

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dr Jitendra Singh said India has been striving to develop basic and essential infrastructure and facilities for the citizens over the past eight years. He said that as part of Prime Minister Modi’s New India Vision, the government is addressing core issues such as water, health, education, sanitation, housing and infrastructure for all. Harnessing the power of geospatial information and technologies will help the country more quickly achieve its multi-dimensional financial growth goals and sustainable development, the minister added.

dr Jitendra Singh emphasized that geospatial technology and geographic information system (GIS) will have a significant impact on how India has adopted and advanced this technology. He said the world is looking at India as it uses technology to address some of the biggest humanitarian and sustainability issues.

dr Highlighting the role and scope of geospatial data, Jitendra Singh said, “Accurate, real-time geospatial information combined with other data such as demographics, healthcare facilities and immunization centers have helped us immensely to effectively manage the emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic. He added that the government is digitizing and mapping the entire rural sector to ensure better planning and implementation of development plans.

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The minister pointed out that the Ministry of Rural Development has mapped over 45,000 km of rural roads using 21 data layers of the map, which digitizes information on water bodies, green areas, land and other structures essential for administrative purposes. He said nearly 2.6 lakh grams of panchayat had been covered by the ministry under the mapping and digitization program.

Addressing aspects of political reform, Dr. Jitendra Singh, recognizing the vital role of national geospatial and mapping authorities, commercial sector and user industries that India is developing favorable environment and synergies for public-private partnerships through various policy reforms. He said the geospatial data guidelines, the 2021 Drone Rules and the draft directives (spatial data, remote sensing and satellite navigation) will liberalize, democratize and commercialize the use of geospatial data and information for planning and monitoring needs within the country.

In his statement, Minister DST, Shri S. Chandrasekhar said that the Government of India is committed to advancing the critical role of integrated geospatial information management in realizing national and global development goals for a shared future and a more inclusive world. He said India is relentlessly working together to strengthen geospatial infrastructure at local, national, regional and global levels and to harness the potential of geospatial knowledge services by developing innovative, effective and scalable solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). to reach.

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About the Second UNWGIC

Convened by the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Spatial Data Management (UN-GGIM), the second UNWGIC 2022 is being organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and hosted by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

Theme & Highlights

The core theme of the second UNWGIC 2022, “Geo-Enabling the Global Village: No one should be left behind,” is being organized at a time when the world is recovering from the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, using integrated geospatial data to support a sustainable development and well-being of humanity, to address environmental and climate challenges, to address digital transformation and technological development, and as a catalyst for a dynamic economy. Also the theme organized during Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is in full accord with the vision of our Honorable Prime Minister “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas”.