Government to frame policy on digital mapping: Prasad

Government to frame policy on digital mapping: Prasad

The government is considering a national policy on digital mapping of roads and infrastructure, said Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Prasad, who chaired a meeting with IT, BPO, social media industry representatives here on Thursday evening to discuss the sector issues, said some companies have suggested for a policy on digital mapping and that the IT ministry will work on it.

Digital mapping is the process by which a collection of data is compiled and formatted into a virtual image. The main function of this technology is to generate maps which give precise representations of a particular area, detailing major road arteries and other points of interest. The technology also help in calculation of distances from one place to another.

The minister said the government will explore new opportunities in various sectors like providing BPO service from home, digital healthcare and agriculture to achieve the target of making the country a $1 trillion economy in next few years.

The meeting was attended by officials from industry bodies like Nasscom, Indian Cellular Association and companies from across sectors which Included Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, UPL, IBM, Ola, Uber, Panasonic, State Bank of India and Axis Bank.

"I have asked my ministry to work in detail over involving more women who can work from home for BPO," said the minister, adding  that the suggestions given by companies across various sectors will be compiled by January 15.

"We have also received suggestions from Dr Devi Shetty (Chairman, Narayana Health) that there can be bedless hospitals. He says if we can have e-commerce then why can't we have bedless hospitals where everything can be done on digital platform," Prasad said.

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