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National Geoscience Data Repository (NGDR) Portal

  • Context (TH): The Ministry of Mines launched the National Geoscience Data Repository (NGDR) Portal.
  • NGDR is a flagship initiative of the Ministry of Mines as a part of the National Mineral Exploration Policy (NMEP), 2016.
  • NGDR is an online platform for accessing, sharing, and analyzing geospatial information nationwide.
  • The NGDR portal will also be available on the Android app and in offline mode.
  • The NGDR initiative was spearheaded by the Geological Survey of India (GSI) and the Bhaskarachaya Institute of Space Applications and Geoinformatics (BISAG-N).
  • It will host and disseminate exploration-related geoscientific data to aid in mineral exploration.
  • It is conceptualized as an Open-source, Cloud-hosted and LINUX-implemented platform.

National Mineral Exploration Policy (NMEP), 2016

  • It targets the exploration of deep-seated and concealed mineral deposits.
  • It has proposed to undertake quick aero-geophysical surveys of the country and create of dedicated geoscience database etc.
  • The Ministry of Mines will carry out the auctioning of identified exploration blocks for exploration by the private sector.
  • Use of space technology to check illegal mining by developing a mining surveillance system is suggested.
  • A not-for-profit autonomous institution known as the National Centre for Mineral Targeting (NCMT) is proposed to be established.

Geological Survey of India (GSI)

  • GSI was set up in 1851 primarily to find coal deposits for the Railways.
  • Headquartered in Kolkata, it has six regional offices located in Lucknow, Jaipur, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Shillong and Kolkata.
  • It is an attached office of the Ministry of Mines.
  • It creates and updates the national geoscientific information and mineral resource assessment.
  • It also documents the surface and subsurface geological processes of India and its offshore areas.


  • BISAG-N is an Autonomous Scientific Society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
  • It works under MeitY, Government of India.
  • It is located in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
  • It works in the domain of R&D and capacity building related to geospatial technology.
  • BISAG-N has implemented a Geographic Information System (GIS) for governmental application.
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