A meeting was held on 16th September, 2016, under the chairmanship of JS (MGNREGA) where ‘Smoke Testing’ was done to test the crucial functionalities of GeoMGNREGA application and Web interface. The List of division and organization who participated in the smoke testing is attached as Annexure-1. Following States did not participate:

  1. Andhra Pradesh

  2. Meghalaya

  3. Manipur

  4. Jammu & Kashmir

  5. Goa

  6. Andaman and Nicobar

  7. Pondicherry

2. The Deputy Directory, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) made a presentation demonstrating the GeoMGNREGA web application and elaborating geotagging status of Wave-I districts.

3. It was informed by Joint Secretary (MGNREGA) that based on the performance under GeoMGNREGA, Ministry has proposed awards for States, District, Block and Gram Panchayat during the MGNREGA Sammelan Day.

4. It was informed that MoRD will institutionalize appropriate governance mechanism for effective monitoring and handholding support. Monthly scheduled video conferencing will be initiated and service support desk  will be set-up at NIRD & PR.

5. The review of the training status was taken. It was directed that the states should ensure that all the field functionaries associated with Wave-I and Wave-II districts should be trained as per the structured module designed by MoRD within the stipulated time frame on or before 31st October, 2016. NIRD & PR will provide necessary technical and financial support.

6. As per the information received on 16 September, 2016 by the state of Mizoram, Bihar, Haryana and Rajasthan has constituted the ‘State Level Working Group’. This working group is very critical in the implementation of Wave-I and Wave-II, and its report on status of preparedness of GeoLive of Wave-I should reach Mord on or before 24th October, 2016.

7. Full day smoke testing was done by State Government of GeoMGNREGA solution. NRSC & NIC had setup real time test environment for the Smoke Testing. Barring few modules (as highlighted in the detailed technical sheet), remaining modules were passed by State Government. All the bugs, essential and mandatory features which were brought out by States were discussed and agreed to be incorporated before the launch of Wave-II by NRSC and NIC. It was also decided that the final Smoke Testing for wave-I will again be done after incorporation of the features and removal of bugs and communication by NRSC, but before the launch of Wave-I on 1st November 2016.

8. Feature suggestions which were circulated separately as part of agenda could not be considered due to paucity of time. They will be taken up upon successful launch of GeoLive for Wave-I.

Dr. Kushal Pathak

(Director MGNREGA)