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 âas requestedâ 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 developmental activities.
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.
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.