The government of India is planning to soon launch an information portal with all official data on employment, industry, health, GST and trade.
At present, different ministries have different websites. The launch of the all-in-one platform is expected to ensure easy access of data and improve transparency.
The website is aimed at sharing timely, credible and user-friendly official data through a single window. The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) is developing a digital repository of all official statistics in the country, called the National Integrated Information Portal (NIIP), officials aware of the development were quoted as saying by ET.
The website will reportedly on-board data from ANMOL (National Health Mission), the HRD ministry’s Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE), corporate affairs ministry’s Corporate Data Management, labour and employment ministry’s Unified Shram Suvidha Portal and National Career Service, ICEGATE and Government e-Marketplace.
“It will have a dashboard for socio-economic indicators to monitor the health and progress of the economy on a real-time basis and suggest leads for sector-specific interventions,” officials were quoted by ET. They also added that the portal will provide a high-end platform for data analytics and to interpret socio-economic data to the Centre, states and the general public.
The NIIP is expected to ensure the credibility of data, which has often been questioned. The website also ensures a faster flow of information that can also be useful in achieving sustainable development goals.
According to the media report, the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) has floated a tender to hire an agency to develop the portal and to implement it in a phased manner for integrating statistical data from key ministries into the NIIP.
The MoSPI takes care of the coverage of statistics released. The ministry has two departments, one concerned with Statistics and the other takes care of programme implementation.
The integrated platform will be developed in three phases. First, the government will start by integrating all statistical activities of the MoSPI. After that, it will take up important data sets available with other departments and add them to the website.
In the third phase, data available in the states will be also be added to the NIIP. According to the plan, data will be shared with the public in a standard, unified and harmonised format.