Draft India Data Accessibility & Use Policy, 2022

A draft data policy has been published by the central government. This policy states that all data collected, maintained, and generated, by every government ministry and agency shall be open and shareable. The government could also monetize and earn from detailed datasets that have undergone value addition.


The policy has been named “Draft India Data Accessibility & Use Policy 2022.” It states that the Indian Data Council (IDC) and the India Data Office (IDO) will be in charge of forming metadata standards and enforcing them. IDC will act as the regulatory authority.

The IDC will be made up of the IDO and data officers from five government departments, while the IDO will be set up by the Ministry of Electronic and Information Technology (MeitY) to streamline data sharing and access sharing across the government and other stakeholders.

Tasks of the Indian Data Council

The IDC will be tasked with developing frameworks for defining high-value datasets, finalizing metadata standards and data, and monitoring policy implementation. The various State Governments and Departments will be nominated to the IDC on a rotating basis, with each department having a two-year term.

What does the draft policy say?

Stakeholders such as start-ups, other businesses, etc will be able to access data through data licensing, sharing, and valuation within the frameworks of data security and privacy. Also, each central ministry and the various departments will publish metadata and data standards. These standards would comply with the open standards policy, interoperability framework, institutional procedures for domain-specific metadata compilation, and other relevant guidelines which will be published on the e-gov standards portal. The IDC will finalize data standards which will then be accepted by all government ministries and departments.

This policy will also make provisions regarding the period of holding of the datasets by the government. Each department or central ministry must establish a data retention period for datasets and ensure that it is followed when transferring and storing data. Guidelines will be formed and provided to the departments and the various ministries so as to help them out regarding this policy.



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