IT min­is­ter calls for na­tional move­ment to make dig­i­tal so­ci­ety

Governance Now - - E-GOV NOTES -

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.

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