Data Matters for Accountability in Democracy: Niti VC

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

In launching NITI Aayog’s National Data & Analytics Platform (NDAP), Bery said that NDAP aims to democratize access to government data by making data accessible, interoperable and interactive for public consumption.

“India has considerable expertise and a rich history of data. But it’s also true that the fight for transparency, including national sampling, has come a long way,” Bery said.

The platform hosts fundamental data sets from various government agencies, presents them in a coherent manner and provides tools for analysis and visualization.

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

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

“NDAP is a critical milestone – aiming to support India’s progress by promoting data-driven disclosure, decision-making and ensuring data is available to the last mile – is an example of how the power of data can be harnessed” , said Kant .

Currently, NDAP hosts 203 datasets that have been chosen as the basis for use cases and expert advice. They are interoperable with each other and easy to download and use.

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