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25 January – National Voters Day

National Voters Day (राष्ट्रीय मतदाता दिवस) is celebrated on 25 January every year to mark the foundation day of Election Commission of India (ECI). ECI was established on 25 January 1950. It’s a constitutional body deriving its authority from Article 324 of the Constitution and Representation of the People Acts. The day was started in 2011. Year 2020 marks 10th National Voters Day.

Objective

Objective of National Voters Day is to encourage, facilitate and maximize the enrolment of new voters and active participation of the active voters.

Theme of National Voters Day – 2020

The theme of National Voters Day – 2020 is ‘Electoral Literacy for a Stronger Democracy.’

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National Data and Analytics Platform released by NITI Aayog

On January 23, 2020, NITI Aayog announced that it will launch National Data and Analytics Platform (NDAP). The Platform aims to democratize access of government data. In other words, the platform aims to make the data across all sectors coherent.

Highlights

The NDAP will act as a platform for different stakeholders to access data in an easy way. It will host latest data from all the government websites. Also, the platform will standardize formats in which data has to be presented.

The progress of the platform is to be overseen by an inter-ministerial committee. The platform is to be launched in 2021.

NITI Aayog

The NITI Aayog is National Institution for Transforming India. It is a policy think tank that was established to achieve sustainable development goals through cooperative federalism. Cooperative Federalism encourage healthy competition among states.

NITI aayog was established in 2015 replacing Planning Commission. Prime Minister is the chair person of NITI Aayog. It also includes governing council that is composed of CM of all states and union territories.

NITI Aayog has planned to implement Block chain technology in E-governance. In order to achieve this, the think tank has conceptualized “India chain”

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