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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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Election Commission launches PPRTMS-an online system

On January 1, 2020, the Election Commission of India launched an online system that will allow political parties to track their applications. The system is called Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System (PPRTMS).

Highlights

The system will track applications registered by political parties. The status of the application shall be obtained through SMS or e-mail. The system works on a real time basis.

For a political party to contest in election, it has to submit an application to the election commission. The commission checks if the party satisfies the criteria governed by section 29A of Representation of People Act, 1951.

Section 29A of RP act, 1951

Under the section, a party has to submit an application to the election commission within 30 days of its formation. Under the act, a party is eligible to get registered as “National Political Party of India” only if it satisfies following criteria

  • The party should secure at least 6% of votes in four or more states at an election to assembly or parliament
  • Also, the party should win at least four seats in House of People

A party is eligible to get registered as “State Political Party” if it satisfies the following criteria

  • The party should win 6% of votes polled in state elections
  • It should win at least 2 seats in legislative assembly of the state.

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