Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s meeting with secretaries of all departments and ministries on September 18, the Indian Express reported on Tuesday that the Centre had created a detailed 60-point action plan. The centre’s action plan includes the appointment of more Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) because data is not being used effectively, the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping for decision-making to boost the country’s GDP, and the establishment of a national mentoring platform for start-ups.
According to the strategy, government agencies must build capacity for GIS-based planning and take use of satellite-based imagery’s potential. According to the paper, this may be turned into a campaign under the “Karamyogi” objective. It suggests the establishment of specific monitoring officers across agencies, claiming that data is not being used “efficiently”.
The government’s aim to digitise all land records by 2023 under the ‘Matribhumi’ central database is also highlighted in the action plan. “Each piece of land will be assigned a unique ID to facilitate transaction monitoring. Its integration with the e-Courts system will bring transparency to title and possession problems,” it says.
These action items, according to top officials, will be evaluated on a regular basis; ministries and departments have been urged to establish nodal persons to monitor progress. While the 60-point plan focuses on individual ministries and agencies, it may be divided into three categories: utilising IT and technology for governance, enhancing the business climate, and modernising the civil service.
“It may be possible to establish a national mentorship platform for start-ups. Mentors might serve as a single point of contact for entrepreneurs and start-ups. They could also be able to assist with securing early finance. The document’s action plan for the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship states, “There are numerous technical institutes that might help such a platform” (MSDE).
The culture and tourism ministries are also tasked with identifying and developing 100-200 famous structures and locations, according to the plan. It states that “centres of excellence” may be established in rural regions through public-private partnerships, citing examples from Singapore.
The Indian Express