IT minister calls for national movement to make digital society
Union minister of electronics & IT and law & justice Ravi Shankar Prasad has called for a national movement spearheaded by IT professionals to make India a truly digital society. He has urged the IT community to reach out to the deserving and underprivileged section and make them digitally literate. This would help the government in achieving 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.
He also said that the government has provided two lakh datasets on open data platform to provide an opportunity for innovation to all. The government does not encourage data to be available for privileged few only as mass involvement in these initiatives would give better and earlier results. Prasad also said that the government supports independence of social media but utmost care should be taken to ensure that it does not rupture the national fabric.
Till date, open Government Data (OGD) platform India has 2,29,793 dataset resources, 4,431 catalogs contributed by 137 ministry/departments (85 central and 52 states), 1,500 visualizations created, 7860 application programming interfaces (APIS) created, 196 chief data officers (105 central and 91 states). OGD India has been viewed 17.13 million times and 6.22 million datasets have been downloaded.