Facts for Prelims (FFP)
Context: The SVAMITVA Scheme, initiated by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, has been awarded the prestigious National Award for e-Governance 2023 (Gold) for its innovative use of emerging technologies to provide citizen-centric services.
- The award was presented at the 26th National Conference on e-Governance (NCeG). The scheme employs advanced technologies such as drones and GIS (Geographic Information System) to conduct surveys and mapping of inhabited areas in villages.
- This allows property owners in rural regions to receive official ownership documents, known as Property Cards.
- These cards have multiple benefits, including enabling property owners to access bank loans and other financial opportunities using their rural residential assets as collateral.
- The technology aids in resolving land-related disputes through the creation of highly accurate maps with 5cm precision.
The collaborative effort involves the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Survey of India, State Revenue and Panchayati Raj Departments, and NIC-GIS.