Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) has reached a new milestone by geotagging one crore assets and putting them in public domain.
The scale of rural assets created under MGNREGA is very large. Since the inception in financial year 2006-07, about 2.82 crore assets have been created under the programme. On an average, about 30 lakh assets are created annually which includes a variety of works such as water harvesting structures, plantations, rural infrastructure, flood control measures, individual assets for sustainable livelihood, community infrastructure and so on. The process of geotagging is going on and all assets under MGNREGS will be geotagged. Special focus is being given to geotag Natural Resource Management works especially the water related works.
GeoMGNREGA is an endeavour of Ministry of Rural Development in association with National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), ISRO and National Informatics Centre. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Ministry of Rural Development with NRSC on June 24, 2016 for geo-tagging the assets created under MGNREGS in each gram panchayat. Strength of Space technology has been leveraged.
Pursuant to the signing of MoU, training manuals were developed in consultation with NRSC. Training was imparted to around 2.76 lakh personnel across the country with the help of National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR). The training programme was conducted in the last week of August, 2016. The geotagging exercise started from September 1, 2016. It is expected that the exercise will lead to greater transparency and ensure accountability at field level.