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In order to bring transparency and to eliminate corruption in rural development works, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) an organisation of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has geo-tagged as many as 3.61 crore assets created under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). As per the information shared by Ministry of Panchayati Raj, 438,845 assets have been geo-tagged under Fourteen Finance Commission (FFC) funds. The expenditure incurred for geo-tagging of assets are met under the administrative expenses of the scheme. It has been made mandatory to geo-tag every asset created under MGNREGA.
As per the information shared by Ministry of Panchayati Raj, the states have been advised to take up the process of geotagging and uploading of photographs of the assets created out of Fourteenth Finance Commission (FFC) funds in the ActionSoft portal in order to promote transparency and accountability in utilisation of FFC funds.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Ministry of Rural Development and NRSC, Hyderabad; ISRO; Department of Space for geo-tagging of the assets created under MGNREGS in each gram panchayat. The MoU addresses specific components of geo-tagging of assets and creation of database for online recording and monitoring. The information related to geotagged assets is available in public domain on Bhuvan portal of NRSC.