Niti Aayog Current Affairs - 2020

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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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NITI Aayog and Ladakh UT sign MoU to develop Infrastructure projects

On January 17, 2020, NITI Aayog and Ladakh Union Territory signed a Memorandum of Understanding. According to the agreement, NITI Aayog will support the administration of the Ladakh through its initiative “Development Support Services to States for Infrastructure Projects” (DSSS)

Highlights

NITI Aayog will identify high-impact projects. It will expedite project implementations, create unique models of development and will identify high-impact priority projects. A team of experts associated with NITI Aayog are to be stationed in Ladakh to identify and develop the territory. The team will predominantly focus on solar energy, tourism and basic infrastructure.

What are DSSS projects of NITI Aayog?

The main objective of DSSS projects is creating PPP (Public Private Partnership) projects. In 2018, phase I of the project was completed. In phase I, 10 projects were selected from 400 projects that were submitted by the states. In phase II, that was completed in the year 2018-19, the selected projects entered transaction stage. Preparation activities were carried out. The think tank also created techno-economic feasibility report.

The following were other steps taken

  • The think tank organized investor consultations for the state governments
  • Integrated post-harvest supply chain management and integrated community based micro-irrigation infrastructure were generated.

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