National Atlas & Thematic Mapping Organisation (NATMO) – UPSC Prelims

National Atlas & Thematic Mapping Organisation(NATMO):
  • NATMO was established in 1997.
  • It is a subordinate department under the Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology.
  • Functions:
    • Compilation of the National Atlas of India in Hindi, English and other regional languages.
    • Preparation of thematic maps based on socio-economic, physical, cultural, environmental, demographic and other issues.
    • Preparation of maps/atlases for visually impaired.
    • Digital mapping and training using Remote sensing, GPS and GIS technology.
    • Training and
    • Research & Development.
  • Headquarter: Kolkata
  • Significance: NATMO has become popularized with the publication of Braille Atlas for Visually Impaired (India), edition 2017 in English Braille Script. It was developed with an indigenous manual embossing method. For this, it was also conferred the National Award on “Science & Technology Intervention for Physically Challenged”.

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