GRAM MANCHITRA APPLICATION (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Governance)

News-CRUX-10     7th December 2023        

Context: Recently, the Union Minister of State for Panchayati Raj informed the Lok Sabha about the Gram Manchitra application.

Gram Manchitra Application

  • About: The Ministry of Panchayati Raj initiated the Geographic Information System (GIS) application known as "Gram Manchitra."
  • Features: This application empowers Gram Panchayats to conduct planning at the local level, utilizing geo-spatial technology for effective decision-making.
  • Unified Geo-Spatial Platform: "Gram Manchitra" serves as a single, unified Geo-Spatial platform, enhancing the visualization of developmental works across various sectors. It aids in decision support for the Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP).
  • Mobile-Based Solution: The Ministry introduced mActionSoft, a mobile-based solution enabling the capture of photos with Geo-Tags (GPS Coordinates) for works with assets as an output.
  • Geo-Tagging Process: Assets undergo geo-tagging in three stages—before the work begins, during the work, and upon completion. This establishes a comprehensive repository of information on various works and assets related to multiple sectors.
  • Finance Commission Funds: Assets created under the finance commission funds are geo-tagged with photographs by the Panchayats, ensuring transparency and accountability in fund utilization.


  • These tools play a crucial role in assisting Gram Panchayat officials in developing realistic and achievable development plans.
  • They provide decision support for identifying potential project sites, tracking assets, estimating project costs, and assessing project impacts.