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  • 24 August, 2021

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Yuktadhara - Geospatial Planning Portal

Yuktadhara - Geospatial Planning Portal

  • Yuktadhara is a geospatial planning portal for facilitating Gram Panchayat level planning of MGNREGA activities across India using Remote Sensing and GIS-based information.
  • It integrates a wide variety of spatial information contents to enable a holistic approach toward planning using open source GIS tools.
  • The current level of integration under Yuktdhara, as a part of Bhuvan, incorporates multi-temporal IRS satellite data of better than 3 m detail in natural colour, digital terrain, thematic layers as well as locations of MGNREGA works and watershed management assets.
  • This platform will serve as a repository of assets (Geotags) created under various national rural development programmes i.e. MGNREGA, Integrated Watershed Management Programme, Per Drop More Crop and Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana etc., along with field photographs.
  • The name given is very apt as word ‘Yukt’ is derived from Yojanam, the planning and ‘Dhara’ indicates the flow. It is a culmination of untiring joint efforts of ISRO and Ministry of Rural Development made towards realising a G2G service for rural planning in support of decentralized decision making.
  • Dr. Singh acknowledged the potential and services of ISRO’s Geoportal Bhuvan and said highlighted that due to its rich information base, satellite images and analytical capabilities, Bhuvan, in fact, has become a de-facto geospatial platform for number of developmental planning activities in the country.
  • This portal integrates wide variety of thematic layers, multi-temporal high resolution earth observation data with analysis tools.
  • Planners will analyse previous assets under various schemes and facilitates identification of new works using online tools.
  • Plans prepared will be evaluated by appropriate authorities under State Departments.
  • Thus, Yuktdhara based plans will be prepared by grassroot functionary and verified by appropriate authorities for relevance and resource allocation. This would ensure quality of plan and enable a long term monitoring of the assets created over the years.
  • The Before-During-After Geotagging of assets has successfully implemented the progress based disbursement of the funds during the process of creation of rural assets.
  • Also, a Citizen-centric Mobile Application JANMANREGA has helped rural population for providing feedback using Bhuvan services.
  • Dr. Singh said that the Customisation on Bhuvan as per process requirement of Ministry of Rural Development, continuous handholding of State functionaries and also enthusiasm demonstrated by State Department personnel in adopting the technology for building GeoMGNREGA database is noteworthy and is a first of its kind massive exercise in the whole world.

Source: PIB

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