Modi wants Open India
Modi wants to open up India's data. Can he overcome vested interests in doing this?
Economic Times reports that the Indian government is devising ways to ramp up online dissemination of data and make more data available to public for free, an effort that is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India initiative.
The ministry of statistics and programme implementation is in the process of drafting an agenda note in which it has differentiated between data that can and cannot be shared on its website, officials said. It is planning to make the "sharable data" available to everyone for free, in contrast to the current practice of charging a nominal fee for accessing data at the unit level, they said.
At present, the government charges fees for providing data from the national sample surveys, Annual Survey of Industries and the economic census. This goes against the spirit of the open data policy, officials said.