Data is very crucial for accountability in democracy: NITI Aayog vice chairman

CIOTechOutlook Team | Saturday, 14 May 2022, 03:48 IST

Data in a democracy is very important for accountability and India has considerable expertise and a rich history in this regard, NITI Aayog vice chairman Suman K Bery said on Friday.

Speaking at the launch of NITI Aayog's National Data & Analytics Platform (NDAP), Bery said NDAP aims to democratise access to government data by making data accessible, interoperable and interactive for open public use.

"India has considerable expertise and a rich history in data. But it is also the case that the struggle for transparency, including the national sample survey, has been a long journey," said Bery.

The platform hosts foundational datasets from various government agencies, presents them coherently and provides tools for analytics and visualisation.

In August 2021, the Aayog had provided access to the platform to a limited number of users for testing and feedback.

According to NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, the rise of data and digital technologies is rapidly transforming economies and societies, with enormous implications for governments' daily operations.

"NDAP is a critical milestone - which aims to aid India's progress by promoting data-driven disclosure, decision-making and ensuring availability of data connecting till the last mile - is an example of how the power of data can be leveraged," said Kant.

Currently, NDAP hosts 203 datasets which have been chosen one the basis of use-cases and expert advice. They are interoperable with each other and are easy to download and use.