The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has issued a draft National Data Governance Framework to mobilise citizen non-personal data for use by public and private entities in a bid to improve services.
The draft policy proposes launching a non-personal data-based India datasets programme. It also addresses the methods and rules to ensure that non-personal and anonymised data from both the government and private entities are safely accessible by the research and innovation ecosystem.
The Minister of State (MoS) for Electronics and Information Technology, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, stated that the National Data Governance Framework will appeal to artificial intelligence (AI) startups, AI research entities, and government departments. He called it an important piece of policy framework that will help the country achieve its target to be a US$1 trillion digital economy. The policy will apply to all government departments and entities. Its rules and standards will be applicable to all data collected and managed by any government entity.
The framework will also accelerate the digitisation of government operations. Currently, digital government data is stored, managed, and accessed in differing and unpredictable ways across different government entities, weakening the efficacy of data-driven governance and preventing an innovative and seamless ecosystem of data science, analytics, and AI. According to the draft, the power of data must be harnessed for more effective digital governance and innovation.
Through this Draft Data Governance Framework, Boston Global Forum (BGF) recognizes that the Indian Government follow the standards of the Social Contract for AI Age.