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IT professionals should join hands with the Government, says Union Minister Prasad

New Delhi: Union Minister of Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad called for a national movement spearheaded by IT professionals to make India a truly digital society.

He urged IT community to reach out to the deserving and underprivileged section and make them digitally literate.

This, he said, would help the government in achieving the goal of transforming India into a digital society and also catalyze efforts to make all sections of the society benefit from government services and initiatives.

Prasad said the government has provided two lakh data sets on open data platform to provide an opportunity for innovation to all. He said the government does not encourage data to be available for privileged few only, as mass involvement in these initiatives would give better and earlier results.

Prasad added the government supports the independence of social media but utmost care should be taken to ensure that it does not rupture the national fabric.

Meanwhile, Open Government Data (OGD) Platform India (https://data.gov.in) India is at the forefront of promoting innovation in Open Data ecosystem in India. It has been set-up by National Informatics Centre (NIC) in compliance with the Open Data Policy whose objective is to provide a platform for proactive access to government-owned shareable data. These datasets are directly published on the platform by the government departments.

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