FICCI appreciates the efforts of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India for taking geospatial information into consideration in view of ensuring security, sovereignty and integrity of the nation. There has been a requirement for a policy framework and well-articulated guidelines to regulate this sector, in order to allow public, private and public-private partnership projects to benefit from the geospatial technologies in a more legal and time-bound manner. An appropriate policy framework will help the geospatial industry to flourish without compromising national security. The industry would also be able to ensure proper planning, monitoring and execution of Government’s developmental projects, and more efficient use of public money.
FICCI is pleased to bring together the views of the industry with regard to the ‘Geospatial Information Regulation Bill 2016’. This document is based on extensive consultations with relevant industry segment experts. FICCI request the Ministry to kindly consider following observations and suggestions before finalizing the draft: