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.
  • Significance: 
    • 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:

  1. India Urban Data Exchange (IUDX):
    1. About: It is an open-source software platform which facilitates the secure, authenticated and managed exchange of data amongst various data platforms.
    2. Developed: By MoHUA in partnership between the Smart Cities Mission and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru. 
    3. 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. 
    4. Significance: 
      1. This will scale up uniform and seamless sharing between data producers and data consumers across urban India.  
      2. It will address the problem of data silos both within and across cities. 
      3. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.