MAHA-GEOMIN project of MRSAC wins GOLD Category award

in the 19th  National e-governance award scheme at Nagpur 

The city based, Maharashtra governments centre of excellence, “Maharashtra Remote Sensing Applications centre (An autonomous organization of Planning Department, Government of Maharashtra), Nagpur, and Directorate of Geology and Mining, have made the state proud. The Joint Venture project “Maharashtra Geology, Minerals and Mining Information System – MAHA-GEOMIN, being executed by Maharashtra Remote Sensing Applications System, Department of Planning, Government of Maharashtra, Nagpur  for the Directorate of Geology and Mining, DGM, Nagpur has won the Gold Category National award for e-governance for the year 2016 for EXEMPLARY IMPLEMENTATION OF e-GOVERNANCE INITIATIVES.

The project has been awarded the gold category award for “Innovative use of GIS technology in e-governance” and the award was ceremoniously received by the project team of MRSAC and DGM at the hands of Hon. Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendraji Fadanavis during the 19th e-governance conference at Nagpur on 22 Jan 2016.  The project is coordinated by Dr. Ajay Shashikant Deshpande, Associate Scientist, MRSAC Nagpur under the guidance of Hon. Principal Secretary (Industries), Shri Apurva Chandra, IAS as the Mentor and the overall guidance of Director MRSAC Dr. Subrato N, Das and Director DGM, Shri Rajendra S. Kalamkar at Nagpur.

MAHA-GEOMIN system of MRSAC puts on record the technology utility for achievement of the Government of India’s core objective for innovative usage of modern technology like Remote Sensing, Geographical Information System, Global Positioning System, Light Detection and Ranging, subsurface 3D modeling, integration of GIS database with the e-transit pass systems for generation of mining royalty pass & detailed surveys of mining areas for monitoring in 3D environment and volume estimations using the  Unmanned Aerial Survey.

The project is a maiden attempt in the country for introduction of modern Geo-Spatial technology applications in the area of Minerals and Mining sector on entire state wide basis and has helped in for the introduction of e-governance initiatives in this domain. The project has been appreciated in many forums and by many important officials of state and central government and has successfully proven its importance in the new and changing scenario of MMDR-2015 rules for allocation of mining blocks for e-auctions using Remote Sensing, GIS  and GPS technology. The maiden example of Maharashtra can be replicated throughout the country for following a uniform, standard and structured method, in building the e-governance approach, using Geospatial tools, for the minerals and mining sector of the country.

National Awards for e-Governance are presented every year to recognize and promote excellence in implementation of e-Governance initiatives. The purpose of the award is to:-

(i) Recognize achievements in the area of e-Governance

(ii) Disseminate knowledge on effective methods of designing and implementing sustainable e-Governance initiatives

(iii) Encourage incremental innovations in successful e-Governance solutions

(iv) Promote and exchange experiences in solving problems, mitigating risks, resolving issues and planning for success.

The project has achieved this important award by qualifying the three stages of scrutiny and presentations. First level was the submission of detailed information of the project and its uniqueness for e--governance and utility for 'Ease of Doing Work'. There were total 245(+) projects submitted in 12 categories. The second level was spot study at MRSAC & DGM by the third party team. After clearing these two critical stages, the project was finally presented before the 12 members jury team at New Delhi, led by the Additional Secretary, Administrative Reforms, Govt. of India, New Delhi. The other jury members included experts from various fields like IIT Delhi, JNU - New Delhi and experienced IAS officers and experts from various domains. The jury unanimously appreciated the newer approach and unique delivery mechanism delivered in MAHA-GEOMIN project and awarded the gold category to the project in Category-6 for "Innovative use of GIS for e-Governance'.

The other team members who contributed  in the project are – Shri Anand Ghate, Deputy Director, DGM, Shri Sanjeev S. Verma and Dr. Vivek M. Kale Associate Scientists, MRSAC, and Shri Rahul B. Salve, GIS Assistant, DGM. The joint effort of the team has helped in making of the Maharashtra Geology and Mineral information System “MAHA-GEOMIN” which has compiled and provided access to geological, Mineral Location, Mine Leases and other mines related data of Maharashtra  at a single Location in a GIS environment for the decision makers, by way of data generation using standard formats, mapping, monitoring, evaluation, future planning, and depiction of prospective blocks of minerals for auction.  The MAHA-GEOMIN project in Maharashtra has proven its capabilities as a vital e-governance, geo-informatics technology enabled, tool for assisting the minerals and mining sector and has initiated the mission  – “From Systematic exploration to Sustainable utilization” as per the objectives of the Maharashtra Government led by Hon. Chief Minister Shri Devendraji Fadanavis.