The SVAMITVA (Survey of Villages Abadi and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas) Scheme, initiated by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, has been honored with the prestigious National Award for e-Governance 2023 (Gold) in recognition of its groundbreaking application of emerging technologies to deliver citizen-centric services.
The accolade was presented during the 26th National Conference on e-Governance (NCeG) held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, organized by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Government of India.
The Significance of the National Conference on e-Governance
The two-day National Conference on e-Governance (NCeG) was jointly organized by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), in collaboration with the Government of Madhya Pradesh.
The event, themed “Viksit Bharat, Empowering Citizens,” aimed to facilitate discussions on cutting-edge technologies, effective e-Governance strategies, and knowledge sharing among various stakeholders. The conference, held at the Brilliant Convention Centre in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, served as a vital platform for brainstorming and exchanging insights on the latest technologies driving e-Governance initiatives.
Celebrating Innovative E-Governance Initiatives
Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh, alongside prominent dignitaries and senior officials from both the Government of India and State Governments, actively participated in the 26th National Conference on e-Governance. The event featured the presentation of the National e-Governance Awards across five distinct categories:
- Government process re-engineering for digital transformation
- Application of emerging technology for providing citizen-centric services
- District-level initiative for e-Governance
- Research on citizen-centric services by academic and research institutions
- Application of emerging technology in e-Governance by start-ups
The conference effectively fostered discussions on the latest technological advancements in e-Governance, providing a platform for learning and collaboration.
Empowering Citizens through SVAMITVA Scheme
The SVAMITVA Scheme, a brainchild of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, represents a revolutionary initiative aimed at granting property ownership rights to individuals residing in village-inhabited areas. Leveraging state-of-the-art drone and Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies, the scheme facilitates the creation of Property Cards, allowing rural property owners to unlock the potential of their residential assets. These Property Cards are pivotal in obtaining bank loans and other financial benefits, while also contributing to the resolution of land-related disputes through the production of highly accurate, 5cm resolution maps.
The scheme is executed through collaborative efforts involving Survey of India as the technology implementation partner, State Revenue and Panchayati Raj Departments, and NIC-GIS.
Key takeaways for competitive examinations
- Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department: Shri Giriraj Singh