ASSOCHAM approaches PMO, proposes to set up National Data Bank

Proposing to remove barrier between the government and private organisations, ASSOCHAM has written to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the National Security Advisor offering to set up a national data bank from billions and trillions of e-transactions and exchange of information, to be used for the citizens – leading to the fulfillment of the country’s strategic needs.In identical letters to the PMO and National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, ASSOCHAM proposed the creation of Cyber ‘National e-Information Data Bank’ of  Classified & Heritage  Documents for National Archive’. The proposal involved in the creation of a ‘Central Co-ordination Committee’, under the guiding force of National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS).
In identical letters to the PMO and National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, ASSOCHAM proposed the establishment of Cyber ‘National e-Information Data Bank’ of  Classified & Heritage  Documents for National Archive’. The proposal involved in the formation of a ‘Central Co-ordination Committee’, under the guiding force of National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS).
The letter stated that with the advent of ‘Information Super Highway’ the real issue lies in deriving ‘Intelligent Information out of Junk data’ that can help take strategic decisions to its various stakeholders.
The assimilation of data, data mining, data analysis and dissemination of any information of ‘National’ importance is a critical part of the activities of many governmental and private agencies/institutions. Special thrust has to be given for nation-wide co-ordination and regulation of information resource management.
Moreover, with the quantum growth in volumes, variety and velocity at which data is generated on every click in this electronic age, the availability and practical use of such intelligent information is one of the most immediate needs in the data-rich landscape of tomorrow.
This program can also be an integral part of Central Governments ‘Digital India & e-Governance’ initiatives preserving the ‘Classified Information’, ‘Written Heritage’, ‘Intellectual Property Right’ (IPR), the ‘Right to Information’ along with the ‘Rights of Citizens’ encompassing golden rules of open standard for data access, flexibility, quality and transparency of data, legal conformity along with maintaining best practices and professional standards, allowing interoperability.
However, a clear legal framework is required to legitimize the need for creating “National Data Bank of e-Information”of “Classified & Heritage” documents for National Archive which can be consolidated with ‘National Information Policy’ demarcating information into three main categories – information in public domain, passport, voter ID etc and classified information restricted by law, information to be used by Government agencies for generation of social security No/ID.

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