Center integrates 14 ministries on the PM GatiShakti platform

The Center’s key data integration project to develop an integrated infrastructure to reduce logistics costs has gained momentum with no fewer than 14 social sector ministries including Health and Panchayati Raj sharing their data on the PM GatiShakti National Master Plan (NMP) platform integrate.

Launched in 2021, the NMP platform aims not only to develop an integrated infrastructure, but also to create a technology-enabled tool for effective infrastructure development in the country.

According to the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the data on the infrastructure assets of these ministries have been mapped to NMP. This data includes elementary and secondary schools, colleges, primary health centers, district hospitals, health sub-centres, public toilets, landfills, Anganwadi centers, fair price shops, Amrit samovars, and dairy sites.

Under the PM GatiShakti NMP, all logistics and connectivity infrastructure projects involving an investment of over Rs 500 crore will be managed through the Network Planning Group (NPG).

According to the Union Ministry of Commerce, all individual portals of these 14 ministries/departments were developed and integrated with the NMP on the backend. The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has also developed a mobile application – Poshan Tracker – for collecting data on Anganwadi Centers (AWC) as part of the Poshan 2.0 mission. The collected data is geotagged and integrated into the NMP platform via API integration.

Previously, on May 3rd, a meeting was held to review the status of the adoption of NMP for social sector planning and the actions to be taken for data management. The ministry said each social sector ministry will develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to serve as guidelines for data management, which states can replicate.

Sumita Dawra, special secretary of the Department of Commerce’s Logistics Department, meanwhile, emphasized that for a broader rollout of PM GatiShakti, NMP should focus on comprehensive area approach planning. After mapping the existing Anganwadi centers on the NMP platform, new areas were identified with a view to establishing new centers based on parameters such as local population, habitat cluster, distance between institutions and using the site suitability tool on the NMP.

In addition, the Department of School Education and Literacy uses the platform by identifying suitable sites for opening new schools using the site suitability tool and mapping existing data layers.

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