e-governance Current Affairs - 2020

Portal Santusht launched: To implement policies of Labour Ministry at grass root level

The Portal Santusht is an Implementation Monitoring Cell that was launched by the Ministry of Lobour and Employment in January 2020. The portal addresses delivery of public services, their transparency, accountability, schemes and policies at grass root level.

Highlights

The portal aims to address the speedy redressal of grievances of workers ans employers. It monitors services that are provided by the health insurance and EPFOs (Employment Provident Fund Organization). Also, it monitors the services provided by the ESICs (Employment State Insurance Corporation) to the formal sector workers.

ESIC

The ESIC is a statutory body administered by the Ministry of Labour and Employment. The Corporation can raise loans, acquire movable and immovable properties. It can also set up hospitals in collaboration with the state governments for the benefit of the employees. The ESIC is governed by the ESI (Employment State Insurance) Act.

EPFO

The EPFO is also a statutory body formed and operated under Employment Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions act, 1952. It is also operated under Ministry of Labour and Employment.

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”