[SDI-AsiaPacific] India Government unveils new Remote Sensing Data Policy
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Sun Jul 10 10:01:18 EDT 2011
India: Remote Sensing Data Policy 2011
India Government unveils new Remote Sensing Data Policy
The government has unveiled a new remote sensing data policy which allows all
data of resolutions up to 1 meter to be distributed on a non-discriminatory
basis and on “as requested basis”.
The Remote Sensing Data Policy 2011 (RSDP 2011) replaces a 2001 policy which
allowed all data of resolutions up to 5.8 metres to be distributed on
non-discriminatory and “as requested” basis.
The RSDP 2011, apart from opening up the remote sensing sector, will remove
certain restrictions to facilitate more users to access high resolution data for
The RSDP however with a view to protect national security interests states that
all data of better than 1 meter resolution shall be screened and cleared by the
appropriate agency prior to distribution.
The policy adds that government users namely, ministries, departments, public
sector, autonomous bodies, government research and development institutions,
government educational, academic institutions, can obtain the data without any
But private sector agencies which support developmental activities will need the
recommendation at least by one government agency.
The RSDP-2011 comes into effect immediately, and may be reviewed from
time-to-time-by the government.
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