NIC to help government tap data for better governance, services

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on September 30, 2018

Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics

The National Informatics Centre (NIC) will help government departments tap data analytics services to improve overall governance and citizen services through Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics (CEDA) that was launched here on Friday.

CEDA is a joint initiative of NIC and the National Informatics Centre Services Incorporated, an official statement said.

Analytic solutions

The centre will offer insights on how the huge amount of data generated by the government can be used to improve overall implementation of schemes. It will also help ministries build analytic solutions for specific problems. CEDA looks to partner with academia and industry and aims to provide data analytics services to the government to solve complex policy issues through data-driven decisionmaking to ensure effective formulation and implementation of various development initiatives that will benefit the citizens.

Inaugurating the centre here, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Electronics and IT, said, “India has emerged as a big centre of data analytics and today the whole world is looking at us.” He said that NIC should strengthen innovation and see how data available from goods and services tax (GST), healthcare and other areas can be leveraged to benefit the masses.

Apart from CEDA, Prasad also launched DigiVaarta, accessed through SMS and mobile app, to spread awareness on DigiDhan and popularise digital payment options such as BHIM, Aadhaar Enabled Payment Systems (AePS) and Bharat QR.

In the SMS version, users can send a text message to the ‘14444’ and they will receive SMS messages which are pre-approved by experts and the response messages will be made available for further action, analysis and research. In the mobile app version, apart from chat option users can access audio/video tutorials for use of facilities such as BHIM and UPI.

Published on September 30, 2018

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