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India has set foot in the direction of progress with yet another development which is sure to have a tremendous positive effect on the way village council’s plan, develop and keep a check on activities.

The National Panchayat Awards 2019 witness a groundbreaking move by the Union Minister for Rural Development. He  launched and introduced the world to the Gram Manchitra application. 

Nothing too fancy, but of course of a lot of useful consequences and services, the Manchitra application is a spatial planning tool, which was developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC). The people who can highly benefit from it are the many village councils governing the majority of Indian Villages. They now could fully automate the process of planning, development and to keep in check any and all rural activities and that too live. 

With this grand move, to render technology across the Indian rural audience, the Indian Government has sent a wave of digitization and e-governance at the ground level. 

This new application has the foundation of National Informatics Centre, NIC’s diverse GIS platform called Bharat Maps. 

As per the government, the goal of a Digital India is expanding the reach of technology. This could be done via the end-to-end geospatial electronics delivery system, which is an arm of the Mission Projects, hailing from the e-governance territory. This end-to-end geospatial electronics delivery system, is based on the foundation of the National GIS mission. 

Bharat Maps which is the baseline for this new spatial application Gram Manchitra, is a well knit, integrated base map service that makes use of a 1:50,000 scale reference data, diligently provided by the Survey of India (SOI) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to name a few. 

India is making changes in the way it used to handle things and is bringing in technology to do so. Drones infused with artificial intelligence (AI) is just the beginning. In October, the state of Maharashtra declared a wide use of drones, blessed with Artificial Intelligence to increase the yields by pinpointing and bring to the front, any number of hazards the crops may be exposed to. This project named as Maha Agri Tech Project became fully functioning in January this year. 

Government of India as well as state governments are inclined to adopt emerging avantgarde technologies for agriculture and farming improvements. In August, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asked industries to focus on 5G Innovation in Health and Agriculture.

Additionally, last month a Bangaluru-based AI-led startup named CropIn, which makes use of data analytics, machine learning and remote sensing for agri-businesses globally, partnered with The Punjab Agri Export Corporation (PAGREXCO), a Government of Punjab enterprise, to leverage its AI-powered technology to improve the quality of potato seed production in Punjab state and incorporate first-of-its-kind ‘Seed Potato Traceability’ in the entire value chain.

news source- Opengov Asia

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