Right to Information Act 2005

Chapter 7: A statement of the Councils, Committees and other bodies consisting of two or more persons constituted as its part or for the purpose of its advice, and as to whether meetings of those Councils, Committees and other bodies are open to the public, or the minutes of such meetings are accessible for public

BISAG(N) is governed by the Governing Council and Executive Committee.

a) Governing Council

The Council shall be the Apex policy‐making body of the Society. Subject to the provisions of the Rules of the Institute, the Council shall conduct the Administration and Management of the Society. The Governing Council comprises of ex-officio members from various Ministries of the Government of India, ISRO, NITI Aayog and Professionals.

The Governing Council consists of the following members.

  • Hon’ble Minister of Electronics and Information Technology – Chairperson (Ex-Officio)
  • Hon’ble Minister of State Electronics and Information Technology-Deputy Chairperson (Ex-Officio)
  • Secretary to Government of India: Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology – Executive Vice Chairperson (Ex-Officio)
  • Chief Executive Officer, Niti Aayog- Member (Ex-Officio)
  • Chairman, Indian Space Research Organization – Member (Ex-Officio)
  • Secretary to Government of India: Department of Science and Technology – Member (Ex-Officio)
  • Additional Secretary to Government of India: Ministry of Electronics and Technology – Member (Ex-Officio)
  • Chief Secretary to Government of Gujarat – Member (Ex-Officio)
  • President & Chief Executive Officer, National e-Governance Division, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology – Member (Ex-Officio)
  • Financial Advisor to Government of India: Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology – Member (Ex-Officio)
  • Distinguished Professionals from the GIS field- Three (3) (To be nominated by the Chairperson)
  • Director General, Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geo-Informatics[BISAG(N)]– Member Secretary (Ex-Officio)

Minutes of the meeting are of no relevance to the public, however the minutes could be accessed through a request to PIO.

b) Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the Executive arm of the Governing Council and develops policies for consideration and approval of the Council as per the objectives of the Society detailed in Memorandum of Association, and formulate strategies and methodology for executing Council decisions. It is also be responsible for planning, analysis and coordination of research and development and other activities in the thrust areas of the Society.

The Executive Committee consists of the following:

  • Secretary to Government of India: Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology – Chairperson(Ex‐Officio)
  • Additional Secretary / Joint Secretary (e‐Governance), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology – Vice Chairperson‐ (Ex‐Officio)
  • President & Chief Executive Officer, National e‐Governance Division, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology – Member (Ex‐Officio)
  • Financial Advisor, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology – Member (Ex‐Officio)
  • Representative of Niti Aayog
  • Representative of Government of Gujarat
  • Academician in area of Geo‐spatial Technologies
  • Representative of Department of Science & Technology
  • Representative of Department of Space
  • Representatives of User Department (by rotation on annual basis): 2 nos.
  • Representatives of State Governments (by rotation on annual basis): 2 nos.
  • Director General, Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geo‐ Informatics [BISAG(N)] – Member Secretary (Ex‐Officio)

The Executive Committee is responsible for executing the decisions of the Council and for periodical review of activities undertaken by the Society and to re‐assure that the finances of the Centers of the Societies are managed properly. The Committee evolves strategies and plans for proper management of the Society and may make proposals to the Council regarding additional investments to be made for modernization of facilities. The Executive Committee assists and support the Governing Council of the Society in fulfilling the responsibilities entrusted to the Chairperson of the Council under the MOA, Rules and Bye‐laws of the Society.

Subject to the overall control of the Council, and within the powers delegated, the Committee performs the following functions:

7.1  Review the progress of projects undertaken, projects likely to be obtained in the near future, projects completed, etc. Critically analyses the achievements with respect to the targets both financial & physical and decide on remedial measures.

7.2  Review deployment/redeployment of manpower to satisfy that manpower is optimally utilized.

7.3  Approve foreign travel of all staff except Director General of the Society.

7.4  Propose additions, alterations and modifications to be Bye‐laws or any related matter for consideration and approval of the Council/Government.

7.5  To constitute, from time to time, the Sub‐committees from amongst its various experts/ members and/or staff of the Society and assign specific responsibilities.

7.6  Recommend grant of fellowships, scholarships, awards or other monetary assistances, on such terms and conditions as it may prescribe, to such persons it may select for carrying out any investigations and study on a subject in which the Society is interested.

7.7  Publish and/or to finance the publications, as it may deem fit, from time to time, of the work done or work carried out on behalf of the Society.

7.8  Prepare and submit a detailed Annual Budget Estimates under various heads for consideration and approval of the Council.

7.9  Prepare and submit the Annual Report of the Society for the consideration and approval of the Council.