National Mission for Clean Ganga Current Affairs - 2020

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Namami Gange Programme: NMCG approves used of GIS technology

National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has partnered with board Survey of India, to facilitate the Ganga rejuvenation task under Namami Gange programme by using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. Through the project, NMCG aims to strengthen planning and implementation at national, state and local levels.

Key Facts

The project includes use of Digital Elevation Model (DEM) technology which ensures accurate data collection which is important aspect for river basin management planning. DEM technology enables identification of entire topography of area. It supports decision-making process by easily making available data for policy makers. Critical hotspots are also easily identified through this technology.

Significance of GIS technology for Namami Gange programme

It will also ensure decentralisation. The data collected and subsequent actions can easily be shared with local public through geo portals and mobile apps. It will also enable people to send their feedback up to national level thereby providing interactive and transparent platform. It will map all types of other institutions from the source outlet to the public drainage network for effective discharge management. The high resolution GIS enabled data will also help in regulating proposed protected and regulatory zones along banks of river.

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Cabinet approves closure of India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for closure of India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI).The purpose of closure is to enhance synergies in channelizing contributions of Indian diaspora to Government’s flagship programmes such as National Mission for clean Ganga and Swachh Bharat Mission. It also seeks to enhance synergies, improve efficiencies and avoid duplication of work.

Background

IDF-OI was set up by Central Government in 2008 as an autonomous not-for-profit Trust. Its mandate was to facilitate Overseas Indian philanthropy into social and development projects in India. The trust was chaired by External Affairs Minister. Government had added flagship programmes such as National Mission for Clean Ganga and Swachh Bharat Mission and other social and development projects identified by state governments to the mandate of IDF-OI. The IDF-OI had received only Rs. 36.80 lakhs between December 2008 and March 2015 as donation from overseas Indian community. Later in between April 2015 and March 2018, it had received Rs.10.16 crore, most of contribution received were for projects related to National Mission for Clean Ganga and Swachh Bharat Mission.

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