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Date : Feb 24, 2022

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Topic à Government Policies and Interventions


  • Context:


  • A draft Data Accessibility and Use policy has been released by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).


  • The following are some of the policy's highlights:


  • In order to meet the existing and rising technology demands of the decade, the strategy aims to improve data availability, quality, and use.
  • Any data exchange must take place within India's legal framework, including its national rules and legislation, as well as internationally accepted principles.
  • The policy applies to all data and information generated, created, collected, or maintained by the central government and its entities.
  • Applicability: Unless a negative list of data sets, categorised under the negative list of datasets that will not be shared, all government data will be open and shareable; and restricted access and shared only with trusted users, as defined by the respective ministry or department, under the controlled environment.


  • The following important bodies are intended to be established:


  • It suggests that an India Data Office (IDO) be established to streamline and unify data access and sharing among government and other stakeholders.
  • In terms of the institutional framework, the draft said that every ministry or department should establish Data Management Units, led by Chief Data Officers, that will collaborate closely with the IDO to ensure that the policy is implemented.
  • The India Data Council, which would be made up of IDOs and chief data officers, will be formed with the goal of completing activities that require deliberation among ministries, departments, and state governments.


  • Policy outcomes to be expected:


  • Across the economy, high-value data is being unlocked.
  • Assisting in the development of a consistent and reliable governance plan.
  • Creating a digital infrastructure that is interoperable.
  • Data skills and a data-driven culture are both important.


  • Source à The Hindu

Tags : e governance, MeitY

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