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ICT initiatives in Madhya Pradesh Forest Department

Apr 10, 2013

Madhya Pradesh Forest Department has utilised ICT initiatives to monitor its key activities in real time, both spatial and temporal, and to disseminate information to all stakeholders in an easy and visualised manner for facilitating social audits.

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Realising the potential of Information and Communication Technology for bringing in paradigmatic shift in an organisation’s work culture and service delivery, the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department decided to integrate various technologies to develop innovative applications for its core processes.

In March 2007, the Department decided to revamp its technological infrastructure and developed a set of applications such as the Forest Alert Messaging System, Forest Offence Management System, Forest Dwellers Survey System, Forest Financial Management System, Wildlife Management System and Forest Planning and Geo-mapping System and few others.

Space technology, GIS, GPS, image processing, mobile computing, and communication technology are integrated into a single frame to serve data in a visualised mode to make monitoring easy and effective for even the file level workers. All these applications were developed in-house without the services of consultants.

All the hardware, software and system related tools selected for operations are cost effective and are simple enough to be used by the existent man power with adequate training. The Forest Department has conducted a series of capacity building programmes to train the man power on ICT applications and to make them familiar with the automated work environment.

The ICT application has made collection, dissemination and maintenance of data became easy, effective and accessible, which further aids the process of decision making. As the Department has made all the data online and free for public use, the initiative has enhanced transparency and accountability in the work of the Forest Department.

With all its innovative applications and cost effective in-house technological developments, the Forest Department has emerged as a leader in developing and implementing ICT applications. The Department has been successful in disseminating its learning and expertise among other government departments and private organisation.

For its innovative applications that has changed the face of forest and management in the country, the project of Madhya Pradesh Forest Department has been honoured with the International Green Globe Foundation Award 2012, Prime Minister Award of Excellence in Administration, 2010, National e-Governance Award (Gold) 2010 and many others.

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