Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government won the ‘India Geospatial Excellence Award’ for technological innovation in empowering urban poor by providing land rights through Jaga Mission.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has congratulated the Housing & Urban Development Department over the achievement. “It further strengthens our resolve to transform urban slums into livable habitats,” the CM tweeted.
#Odisha won India Geospatial Excellence Award along with @tatatrusts for technological innovation in empowering millions of urban poor by providing land rights through #JagaMission. It further strengthens our resolve to transform urban slums into livable habitats @HUDDeptOdisha pic.twitter.com/4uqwlYRMTm
— CMO Odisha (@CMO_Odisha) December 3, 2019
The Jaga Mission is backed by a landmark ‘Odisha Land Rights to Slum Dwellers Act 2017’ that aims to assign land rights to slum dwellers in the Notified Area Council (NAC) and Municipalities. The Act covers 18 lakh people living in 3,000 slums of the state and ensures rights to slum dwellers living in small towns to 600 sq ft of land and to 450 sq ft in cities.
The award is conferred for exemplary usage of geospatial tools in various fields (Governance, Infrastructure, Public safety, Emergency response, Utilities, Design and Engineering, Environment, Agriculture, Mineral Exploration, Transportation, Business Intelligence, Insurance, Disaster Management, Smart Cities, Land information, Forestry, Water resource management).
The India Geospatial Awards held at Hyderabad has been organised by Geosmart Media and Communication.