<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government’s premier thinktank Niti Aayog has urged state governments to roll out Geographical Information System (GIS)-based planning tools from the next financial year for effective tracking of ongoing government programmes and service delivery.A GIS-based planning is largely aimed at improving planning, monitoring implementation of government schemes, and tracking of progress on crucial socio-economic indicators in the states for regional growth, the Aayog states.To this effect, Niti Aayog, in association with the National Centre of Geo-Informatics and the Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-Informatics, Gujarat, will be helping states develop customised GIS-based planning tools.GIS involves a consolidated spatial information infrastructure using maps, earthbound surveys and other data sources and can have varied applications in different sectors like such infrastructure, health, education, among others. A GIS-based tool also plays an important role in city planning, carried out by urban local bodies.An official from Niti Aayog said a GIS-based planning tool managed by the states’ planning departments will help in faster decision making and real time policy interventions, as outcomes of important government schemes could be tracked, while their delivery and reach could be monitored on a real-time basis. This will assist in inclusive development, the official said.Emphasising how GIS-based planning tools can help in measuring outcomes of government schemes, a concept note on the subject prepared by Niti Aayog and sent to all states, says GIS is “spatially-oriented” to identify where the outcomes are taking place, unlike just planning and monitoring, which is focused on measuring changes and outcomes occurring over time.The note stated that development of a GIS-based planning tool will essentially involve merging of a cartography with database technology, along with statistical analysis.As a way ahead, it states that GIS-based planning and monitoring will help in a free flow of information among all government departments and an outcome-driven governance, equitable allocation of resources for citizens and deeper engagement with the public.

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Roll out GIS-based planning tools to track govt schemes: Niti Aayog to states