Context: Recently, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has launched the National Urban Digital Mission (NUDM).
More on the news:
- Several other digital initiatives of MoHUA - India Urban Data Exchange (IUDX), SmartCode, Geospatial Management Information System (GMIS) etc, were also launched.
- These initiatives are among the ongoing efforts to realise the central government’s vision of Digital India and AtmaNirbhar Bharat. , by making cities more self-reliant and enabled to meet the needs of and provide services to their citizens.
About National Urban Digital Mission (NUDM):
- Launched by: The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs along with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
- Objective: It will create a shared digital infrastructure for urban India, working across the three pillars - people, process, and platform - providing holistic support to cities and towns.
- It has articulated a set of governing principles, and inherits the technology design principles of the National Urban Innovation Stack (NUIS), released by MoHUA in 2019.
- The principles in turn give rise to standards, specifications, and certifications, across the above three pillars.
- It will institutionalise a citizen-centric and ecosystem-driven approach to urban governance.
- Improve service delivery in 2022 cities by 2022, and across all cities and towns in India by 2024.
Other initiatives of MoHUA:
- India Urban Data Exchange (IUDX):
- About: It is an open-source software platform which facilitates the secure, authenticated and managed exchange of data amongst various data platforms.
- Developed: By MoHUA in partnership between the Smart Cities Mission and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru.
- Objective: It serves as a seamless interface for data providers and data users, including ULBs, to share, request, and access datasets related to cities, urban governance, and urban service delivery.
- This will scale up uniform and seamless sharing between data producers and data consumers across urban India.
- It will address the problem of data silos both within and across cities.
- It will create a secure and reliable channel for data producers or owners to share their data, while addressing security and privacy protections by design.
- SmartCode Platform: SmartCode is a platform that enables all ecosystem stakeholders to contribute to a repository of open-source code for various solutions and applications for urban governance.
- The Urban Learning and Internship Program (TULIP): It aims to match opportunities in ULBs with learning needs of fresh graduates. Over 280 ULBs have posted over 14,240 internships under this initiative.
- The ClimateSmart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF): To further make cities sustainable and resilient, CSCAF was rolled out in 100 Smart Cities to help cities look at urban planning and governance from a climate change lens.