Social Sector Ministries/ Departments being onboarded on PM GatiShakti National Master Plan
New Delhi, May 4, 2023
As part of expanding the outreach of the PM GatiShakti National Master Plan (NMP) platform for socio-economic development, Social Sector Ministries are being onboarded on a mission mode through a series of meetings.
During a high-level meeting on the adoption of PM Gati Shakti NMP by Social Sector Ministries/Departments in New Delhi on Wednesday, Special Secretary, Logistics Division, DPIIT, Sumita Dawra highlighted the immeasurable potential for the adoption and augmentation of NMP in social sector planning.
As of date, 14 Social Sector Ministries/ Departments have been onboarded, namely the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Post, Department of School Education and Literacy, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Department of Youth Affairs, Department of Sports, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Ministry of AYUSH. Individual portals of these Ministries/Departments have been developed, which are integrated at the backend with the NMP.
As many as 61 data layers of Social Sector Ministries related to infrastructure assets, such as primary and secondary schools, colleges, primary health centres, district hospitals, health sub-centres, public toilets, dump sites, Anganwadi centres, fair price shops, Amrit samovars, and dairy locations, etc., have been mapped on NMP.
For wider adoption of PM GatiShakti NMP, Dwara said the focus should be on a comprehensive area approach planning. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were to be developed by each social sector Ministry to serve as guidelines for data management, which may be replicated by States.
The focus of the discussion in the meeting was on reviewing the status of the adoption of NMP for social sector planning and also on the measures to be taken for data management, namely, improving the data quality, data uploading and validation of data. The meeting saw the participation of 34 officers from all 14 Ministries/ Departments.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development, the Department of School Education and Literacy, and the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship showcased the use cases for the adoption of NMP.
Ministry of Women and Child Development has developed a mobile application ‘Poshan Tracker’ for the collection of data regarding Anganwadi Centres (AWC) under the Mission Poshan 2.0. The collected data is geo-tagged and integrated with the NMP platform through API integration.
So far, 9.27 lakh Anganwadi Centres have been captured and integrated on NMP through this application. Hence, this has resulted in real-time data enrichment on the platform for infrastructure planning.
After the mapping of the existing Anganwadi centres on the NMP platform, new areas were identified in terms for the establishment of new Anganwadi Centres (AWC), on parameters like local population, habitat clusters, the distance between institutions and using the site suitability tool on the NMP.
The Department of School Education and Literacy were using the NMP platform by identifying suitable sites for the opening of new schools through the use of the site suitability tool and mapping of existing data layers, the road and rail network, population census data, and demographic layer for identification of gaps and finalising the locations for opening new schools.
Other social sector Ministries, like the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Culture, and Ministry of Tribal Affairs are also in the process of identifying assets essential for social sector planning, to be uploaded on NMP.
Individual portals for 22 infrastructure and user economic ministries and all 36 States/UTs have been created and integrated with the NMP at the backend. At present, 1460 data layers have been integrated into NMP, belonging to Central Ministries/ Departments (585) and States/ UTs (875).