OGPL to enhance public access of Govt Data
Date: Sunday , July 01, 2012
The Indian government has launched India's Open Government Platform (OGPL), which is jointly developed by the Indian government along with the U.S. OGPL is a software platform which aims to provide enhanced public access to government data and documents, and spur citizen engagement and interface with the Government.
The event was a part of the India-U.S. joint venture in the progress of Science and Technology, Healthcare, Atmospheric and Earth Sciences. India's Science, Technology and Earth Sciences Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy were the two delegates who led the platform.
The U.S. representative said that the Open Government Platform will bring in more transparency along with providing better customer services to the citizens. He further said that this is a 'milestone' which will bring in a remarkable revolution in the fields of science and technology and other important areas. While launching the platform, the minister of information and communications, Sibal said that it was the first step towards a powerful nation as information and power are two sides of a coin. The minister also said that the platform would create a significant mark to enhance the governance, accountability and trust on the government for a promising future. Sam Pitroda, Advisor to Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations spoke about democratizing information so that the citizens are entitled to have knowledge of the steps taken by the government.
The purpose of the platform is to enhance access and use of information of one's country to foster innovation, improve the facilities or services for interested cities and countries across the globe and public participation for the betterment of the country.