Nagaland State Director for Rural Development, Imlimeren Jamir along with other officials during the training programme in Kohima on June 12. (Photo Courtesy: RD)
Kohima, June 12 (MExN): A four day training on GIS Based Gram Panchayat Planning under MGNREGA, Department of Rural Development began today at RD Conference Hall, Kohima. It will go on till June 15.
The training is sponsored by the Ministry of Rural Development, GOI and Government of Nagaland with resources persons from MoRD and ICRG.
Delivering the opening remark during the inaugural session this morning, Secretary RD, Neposo Theluo, NCS remarked that one of the core objectives of MGNREGA is to strengthen the rural livelihood resources through creation of productive assets in addition to generating unskilled employment. To achieve this objective, he said the ministry is strengthening planning of Natural Resource Management (NRM) works under MGNREGA using advanced technologies.
He opined that these technologies will help in decision making and also enhance the impacts of NRM works taken up and also provide scientific inputs to support the community based participatory planning process at the grassroot level. “The planning of works using geospatial technologies is an important initiative that will help the State government to do geospatial planning and monitoring appropriately,” he stated.
He also informed that as per the directive of the Ministry, the department has selected 2 villages from each block to take up GIS based planning on a pilot basis for the current financial year.
The Secretary RD however lamented that so far no proper training has been imparted to the officers on this programme which has caused the State to lag behind in this aspect. Towards this end, he expressed his gratitude to the MoRD for sending the expert resource persons all the way fron Delhi and Chattisgarh to impart first hand training to the officers. He further called upon the trainees to be sincere and attentive and to take full advantage of the opportunity to learn about GIS based planning.
The four day training will cover topics on GIS based planning, tools and apps for planning, data collection/processing, understanding water budget, map analysis and hands on working on Bhuvan Portal/Google Earth. The resource persons from MoRD and ICRG include Avanindra Kumar, Raj Kumar Prasas, Ashish Nanda and Alok Oraon.
The inaugural session was chaired by Director, RD, Imlimeren Jamir while vote of thanks was delivered by Program Officer, MGNREGA and joint director, RD, Asangla T Aier.