Promoting Space Technology Tools and Applications in Governance and Development - Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission together with the Institute of Remote Sensing (IRS), Anna University organised the "Tamil Nadu State Meet" on “Promoting Space Technology Tools and Applications in Governance and Development” recently at Anna University, Chennai.

The "Tamil Nadu State Meet" was inaugurated by Thiru O. Panneerselvam, the Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Government of Tamil Nadu. The Meet was presided by Thiru K.P. Anbalagan, the Hon’ble Minister for Higher Education of Government of Tamil Nadu. Three Principal Secretaries to Government of Tamil Nadu have attended the meeting, apart from officials of ISRO.

Two technical sessions were held on geo-spatial applications for Natural Resources Management and Social Welfare & Good Governance. Senior officials of ISRO and the officials from various Line Departments of Government of Tamil Nadu presented the details on the current status of geo-spatial applications and future requirements. The Line departments include Rural Development & Panchayat Raj, Agriculture, Revenue Administration, Disaster Management & Mitigation, Forest, Municipal Administration and Water Supply (TWAD Board), Public Works Department (WRD/IWS), Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA), School Education Department and TNEB (TANGEDCO).

Dr. P G Diwakar, Scientific Secretary, ISRO steered the discussions and the Meet concluded with the following set of recommendations: 1) Establish a mechanism for linkage between Bhuvan and TNGIS 2) Update the high-resolution satellite data in Bhuvan once in a year 3) Bhuvan application development including APIs creation and mobile app development to meet the requirements of various state govt. departments 4) Prepare the capacity building strategy to meet the requirements of various stakeholders 5) Prepare a list of collaborative projects categorised as short term (like dengue), medium term and long term or based on priority 6) Prepare requirements for location based services using GAGAN and NavIC 7) Constitute a Joint Working Group with members from NRSC/ISRO and representatives of various state govt. departments for effective implementation of these recommendations.

During the Special Session of the National Meet on “Promoting use of Space Technology in Governance and Development” held on September 07, 2015 at New Delhi, Hon’ble Prime Minister had emphasised the need to institutionalise a mechanism for integrating space applications in governance and development. As a follow up action, all the State Governments were specifically requested by Cabinet Secretary to organise similar brainstorming workshops at the State level with various stakeholders to promote use of space applications. Till now, 15 States (Haryana, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Mizoram, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Punjab, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu) have conducted their Meet, which was attended by Chief Ministers and senior officials of the State. Remaining States have worked out the plans to conduct such Meets and get the benefits of Space Technology in Governance and Development.