‘Payment in bank accounts of 1.30 crore Bahnas is possible through organised data only’
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that through data prepared through research, survey and scientific means is useful. It is the foundation of good governance and supports in public welfare. Solid statistical data based on research maintains the pace of development. Consideration will be given to developing MP-DAP as an aggregator platform in Madhya Pradesh. This centre will monitor the impact of government policies and observe the changes in the lives of people. Through this, the effects of Government schemes, projects and programmes will be assessed. Chief Minister Chouhan was addressing the virtual inauguration of the Evaluation and Impact Assessment Centre established at AIGGPA (Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Good Governance and Policy Analysis, Bhopal). Chief Minister Chouhan released the SDG Progress Report-2023 published by State NITI Aayog Madhya Pradesh. Numerous economists, researchers and representatives of development related organisations are participating in this three-day (11 to 13 September) conference and workshop being held at Kushabhau Thakre Auditorium in Bhopal. Establishment of evaluation and impact assessment centre in the Institute of Good Governance, workshop on child and gender budgeting, capacity building programme to strengthen the statistical system were also included in the major parts of the conference. These joint efforts will be helpful in strengthening the data delivery system of the state.
Deficiency of reliable data; concrete efforts were made for data self-sufficiency: Chief Minister Chouhan said that in the era of information, data is as important as breathing. Now life cannot be imagined without data. Data has also become a source of knowledge. DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) is not possible without data. Thus, data is the foundation of good governance. The capacity of data collection and analysis has been continuously enhanced in the state. The work of transferring money directly to the accounts of 1 crore 30 lakh sisters in the state has been possible due to reliable and systematic data. Earlier, the state lacked the capacity for reliable data collection and analysis, which was its weakness. Concrete efforts were made to increase self-reliance in the field of data through efforts like re-orientation of State Policy Commission and Institute of Good Governance, creation of Statistical Commission, data based Sustainable Development Goals, child budgeting and gender budgeting. Chouhan said that I am not an economist but I know that data plays a crucial role in making and implementing policies along with decision making. Today, data became the foundation in the success of Mukhyamantri Ladli Bahna Yojana in Madhya Pradesh. Public welfare becomes easier with pure, accurate and reliable data. Madhya Pradesh Government has taken many important steps in the past years to develop the methodology of data based good governance in Madhya Pradesh. To strengthen this system, important organisations have converged on one platform in this conference and workshop, which is commendable.
Developing MP-DAP as an aggregator platform using N-DAP being considered in the State: Chief Minister Chouhan virtually addressed the workshop being held in collaboration with Central Government’s NITI Aayog on the utility of N-DAP i.e. National Data Analytics Platform. Chief Minister Chouhan said that N-DAP is a special initiative of NITI Aayog to improve the access and use of government data. The platform collects and hosts datasets from India’s vast statistical infrastructure. It has been developed between the years 2020 to 2022. Madhya Pradesh Data and Analytics Platform (MP-DAP) will be considered for being developed as an aggregator platform using N-DAP. This conference has become an important medium for organising workshops on the usefulness of N-DAP. Chouhan congratulated the office-bearers of partner organisations UNICEF, United Nations Representatives, ADB, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Good Governance and Policy Analysis Bhopal (AIGGPA) and State Policy Commission for this fact-based social and economic development conference. The Chief Minister said that if the policies are effective then development will not be hindered. Today, collection and analysis of reliable statistical data is essential in formulating effective policies. Also described the subject experts gathered in the conference and workshop to brainstorm on the utility of N-DAP as an important medium for the development of the State.