NEW DELHI ;
Liberalisation of policies governing acquisition and production of geospatial data is a massive step in Government’s vision for an Aatmanirbhar Bharat. The reforms will benefit farmers, start-ups, private sector, public sector, research institutions to drive innovations and build scalable solutions, says PM
IN SWEEPING changes in the country’s mapping policy, the Government on Monday announced liberalisation of norms governing the acquisition and production of geospatial data, a move that will help in boosting innovation in the sector and create a level-playing field for public and private entities. Under the new guidelines, the sector will be deregulated and aspects such as prior approvals for surveying, mapping and for building applications based on that have been done away with, Department of Science and Technology Secretary Ashutosh Sharma said. For Indian entities, there will be complete deregulation with no prior approvals, security clearances, licenses, for acquisition and production of geospatial data and geospatial data services, including maps, he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the liberalisation of policies governing the acquisition and production of geospatial data is a “massive step in Government’s vision for an Aatmanirbhar Bharat”. The reform will benefit the country’s farmers, start-ups, private sector, public sector and research institutions to drive innovations and build scalable solutions, he said. Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan in a press conference said the easing of norms will greatly help in several sectors that were suffering because of non-availability of high quality maps. “Availability of comprehensive, highly accurate, granular and constantly updated representation of geospatial data will significantly benefit diverse sectors of the economy, significantly boost innovation in the country and greatly enhance its preparedness for emergency response,” Vardhan said. He said earlier even the Survey of India, the organisation entrusted with making maps, had to seek permission for mapping from different agencies, thus delaying its work by at least three-to-six months.
Vardhan explained that with the advent of publicly available geospatial services, a lot of geospatial data that used to be in restricted zone are freely and commonly available now and some of the policies/guidelines that used to regulate such information have been rendered obsolete and redundant.