Department of Science and Technology (DST), which is the nodal agency on geospatial science and data, has almost finalized the draft and will release it in the pubic domain within a fortnight for inviting comments. One-month time will be given for public comments, following which the policy will be finalized within the next six months after incorporating the opinions.
Revealing this on the sidelines of a seminar organized by the Association of Geospatial Industries in New Delhi today, Dr Bhoop Singh, Head of NRDMS and NSDI, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, added that the DST task force working on the policy had detailed consultations with all stakeholders including defense, industry, and academic institutions. As many as 23 government agencies were consulted during the drafting process. “The draft has been finalized. We are working on the editing part and within a fortnight it will be released on the DST website for seeking public opinions.”
DST has been partnering with the Department of Space, Survey of India, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, National Informatics Centre (NIC) and the Deputy NSA Office in drafting this policy for some time now.