Minister: Industry, Govt Depts must use data to find solutions

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on November 01, 2018 Published on November 01, 2018

Ravi Shankar Prasad

Prasad says country must become a powerhouse in data analysis

A national movement spearheaded by Information Technology (IT) professionals is needed to make India a truly digital society, according to the IT Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad.

At an event here on Thursday, the Minister of Electronics & IT and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, called for close synergy between government departments and the IT industry on data, when properly leveraged, can provide technological breakthroughs to address various problems faced by the country.

‘Digital society’

Felicitating winners of #OpenGovDataHack, he said, “This would help the Government achieve the goal of transforming India to a digital society and also catalyse efforts to make all sections of society benefit from government services and initiatives.”

He said India should be a powerhouse in data analysis and the country’s innovative spirit should become a mass movement.

Prasad said the Government has provided two lakh datasets on open data platform to provide an opportunity for innovation to all sections of society.

He pointed out that it does not encourage data to be available for a privileged few, as mass involvement in these initiatives would give better and earlier results. “The Government supports the independence of social media, but utmost care should be taken to ensure that it does not rupture the national fabric,” he said.

The Minister said that the Open Government Data platform India is at the forefront in promoting innovation in open data ecosystem, which is set up by the National Informatics Centre, in compliance with the Open Data Policy.

The objective is to provide a platform for proactive access to government-owned shareable data. These datasets are directly published on the platform by government departments.

Till date, OGD India has 2,29,793 dataset resources, 4,431 catalogues contributed by 137 Ministry/ Departments (85 Central and 52 States), 1,500 visualisations created, 7,860 application programming interfaces, and 196 Chief Data Officers (105 Central and 91 States).

Published on November 01, 2018
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