The Ministry of Electronics and Computing (MeitY) has released a draft National Data Governance Framework to mobilize citizens’ non-personal data for use by public and private entities to improve services.
The draft policy proposes the initiation of an Indian dataset program based on non-personal data and addresses methods and rules to ensure that non-personal and anonymized data of government and private entities are securely accessible by the research and innovation ecosystem.
Minister of State for Electronics and Computing Rajeev Chandrasekhar said the national data governance framework is of interest to artificial intelligence (AI) startups, AI research entities and government departments. “This is a piece of policy framework that is being developed to catalyze India’s $1 trillion digital #economy,” he tweeted.
Asking stakeholders to comment on the draft framework, the minister said the national data governance framework will also accelerate digital government and digitalization of government with common standards, rules and guidelines for storage and management. data in all departments. The project indicates that during the COVID-19 pandemic, digital governance has played an important role in India’s resilient response to the pandemic and its impact on lives, livelihoods and the economy.
In the post-COVID era, the digitalization of government is accelerating and the generation of data is also increasing exponentially, which in turn can be used to improve citizens’ experience and engagement with government and society. governance as “Digital Nagrik”.
Digital government data is currently managed, stored, and accessed in different and inconsistent ways across different government entities, undermining the effectiveness of data-driven governance and preventing an innovative ecosystem of data science, analytics, and IA to emerge to its full potential, the draft says.
“The power of this data must be harnessed for more effective digital government, public good and innovation, thus necessitating a National Data Governance Policy Framework (NDGFP),” the project said.
The proposed policy will apply to all government departments and entities and the prescribed rules and standards will cover all data collected and managed by any government entity. He offered to cover all datasets and non-personal data and the platform, rules, standards governing its access and use by researchers and startups.
“State governments will be encouraged to adopt the provisions of the policy and applicable rules, standards and protocols,” the draft says.
The draft also proposes the establishment of an “Indian Data Management Office (IDMO)”, under the aegis of the Digital India Corporation, which will be responsible for the development, management and review and periodic review of the policy.
“IDMO will be responsible for developing rules, standards and guidelines under this policy which will be published periodically,” the draft says. The MeitY has set June 11 as the deadline for submitting comments from stakeholders on the project available on its website.
(Edited by : Sudarsanan Mani)