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Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw Launches ‘NITI for States’ Platform for Empowering Regional Development

New Delhi: Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister of Communications, Railways, and Electronics & Information Technology, inaugurated the ‘NITI for States’ platform today, a digital initiative aimed at empowering states and union territories (UTs) in their pursuit of national development goals.

During the event, Vaishnaw also inaugurated the ‘NITI for States’ Exhibition at Rang Bhawan, Akashvani, New Delhi. The exhibition showcased various features of the platform, emphasizing its mobile integration, Expert Helpdesk, built-in AI, and multilingual support by Bhashini. The exhibition was a collaborative effort involving various government organizations, providing insights into the geospatial tool for Area-Based Planning.

The ‘NITI for States’ platform acts as a centralized repository of resources, offering best practices, policy documents, datasets, and NITI Aayog publications across different sectors and cross-cutting themes like gender and climate change. With a user-friendly interface, the platform aims to be inclusive, empowering officials across diverse regions to effectively utilize the extensive knowledge base.

In his address, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw stated, “India’s vision for future growth is based on four important pillars, (i) Physical, Digital and Social Infrastructure, (ii) Inclusive Development, (iii) Manufacturing, and (iv) Focus on Simplification of laws and processes.” He emphasized that the platform’s launch would strengthen cooperative federalism and empower data-driven governance.

B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, CEO, NITI Aayog, highlighted that the knowledge platform of ‘NITI for States’ has brought data from various fields into one location in an interoperable and compatible manner, making it impactful and useful for administrators.

Key Features of the ‘NITI for States’ Platform:

Extensive Knowledge Base: Includes 7,500 curated best practices, 5,000 policy documents, 900+ datasets, 1,400 data profiles, and 350 NITI Aayog publications.

Multilingual Accessibility: The platform will soon be available in 22 major Indian languages and 7 foreign languages, ensuring inclusivity.

Capacity Building Initiatives: Offers tailored digital training modules for officials at various levels in collaboration with relevant institutions.

Expert Help Desk: Provides specialized guidance through partnerships with leading institutions to address specific challenges.

Data Integration: Leverages data from the National Data & Analytics Platform (NDAP) for comprehensive and actionable insights.

Expected Impact of the ‘NITI for States’ Platform:

Accelerate digital transformation of governance by providing officials with robust knowledge, actionable insights, and user-friendly digital tools.

Empower frontline functionaries at the district and block levels to replicate successful initiatives and address local challenges effectively.

Foster cooperative federalism and strengthen good governance practices through knowledge sharing and cross-learning among states and UTs.

The ‘NITI for States’ platform stands as a cornerstone initiative empowering states and UTs to significantly contribute to the collective vision of a developed India. This platform underscores NITI Aayog’s commitment to fostering collaborative governance and promoting good governance practices across the nation.

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