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Survey of India launches web portal Nakshe  

The Survey of India (SOI) has launched new web portal called Nakshe to make open series maps available to Indians for free.

The portal was launched by Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan on the occasion of 250th anniversary of SOI.

Features of Nakshe portal
  • It will offer free download of 3,000 Topographic maps or Open Series Maps (OSM) in a pdf format on 1:50,000 scale through Aaadhar enabled user authentication process.
  • The maps are meant for development activities in the country, and can be also used to plan scientific expeditions, research and planning development projects.
  • Topographic maps or OSM comprise natural and man-made geographical features including terrain or topography.

About Survey of India (SOI)

  • SOI is the principal mapping agency of the country. It comes under the Department of Science & Technology.
  • Its origin can be traced back to Year 1767, making it oldest scientific department in India and one of the oldest survey establishments in the world.
  • It prepares maps for defence and civilian purposes and are considered a standard reference for the shape, extent and geographic features of the country.
  • SoI has surveyed and mapped each and every part of the country and these maps have played valuable role in nation building and were pivotal in almost all major developmental activities of modern India.
  • Note: Foundation for the scientific survey and mapping of the country was laid with The Great Trignometric Survey (GTS) in 19th century on 10th April, 1802, by noted surveyors Col. Lambton and Sir George Everest.

Government launches Bharat ke Veer web portal and application

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has launched web portal and mobile application named “Bharat ke Veer” to enable people to contribute towards family of martyrs from central paramilitary forces.

It was launched by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the occasion of Valour Day of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), observed on 9 April.

Key Facts
  • The portal and application is an IT based platform to enable willing donors to contribute towards the family of a braveheart who have sacrificed their life in line of duty or towards the ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ corpus.
  • This online donation platform is technically supported by National Informatics Centre (NIC) and powered by State Bank of India (SBI).
  • The amount so donated through it will be credited to the account of ‘Next of Kin’ of those Central Armed Police Force or Central Para Military Force soldiers.
  • To ensure maximum coverage, a cap of Rs. 15 lakh is imposed on donation and donors will be alerted if amount exceeds, so they can choose to divert part of the donation to another account or the corpus.
  • Bharat Ke Veer corpus will be managed by a committee made up of eminent persons of repute and senior Government officials.
  • The committee will decide to disbursement of fund equitably to braveheart’s family on need basis.