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Mobile Application for Geotagging of the Components of Projects

Mobile Application for Geotagging of the Components of Projects

Context:

The Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti has launched a Mobile application for Geotagging of the components of projects under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana- Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme(PMKSY-AIBP).

Details:

  • The Ministry of Jal Shakti with the help of Bhaskaracharya National Institute of Space Applications & Geo-informatics (BISAG-N) has developed and launched the mobile application.
    • BISAG-N is an autonomous scientific society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
    • It comes under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
  • The Mobile Application can be used by monitoring team/ project authorities to capture the image of the project component along with other details such as location, type of canal/ structure, completion status, etc.
  • The programme will be supervised and monitored by an Inter-Ministerial National Steering Committee (NSC) will be constituted under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister with Union Ministers from concerned Ministries.

Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY):

  • PMKSY is a centrally sponsored scheme launched in 2015.
  • It has the vision of assured irrigation access i.e. “Har Khet Ko Pani” and improving on-farm water use efficiency i.e. “More Crop Per Drop” in a focused manner with an “Integrated Value Chain” approach.
  • It has been conceived by amalgamating ongoing schemes viz:
    • Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR, RD&GR),
    • Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) of the Department of Land Resources (DoLR) and
    • On-Farm Water Management (OFWM) of the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (DAC).

Objectives:

  • To achieve convergence of investments in irrigation at the field level;
  • To expand the cultivable area under assured irrigation;
  • To improve on-farm water use efficiency to reduce wastage of water;
  • To enhance the adoption of precision-irrigation and other water saving technologies (More crop per drop);
  • To enhance recharge of aquifers and introduce sustainable water conservation practices by exploring the feasibility of reusing treated municipal wastewater for peri-urban agriculture; and
  • To attract greater private investment in the precision irrigation system.

Source: PIB