Q.3 What are the issues with the Draft India Data Accessibility and Use Policy 2022? ? Suggest the way forward. (10 Marks)

Mentor’s comment-
  • https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/forging-a-social-contract-for-data/article65259953.ece
  • In the intro, mention that the Draft policy aims at providing a robust scaffolding for harnessing public sector data for informed decision-making, citizen-centric delivery of public services, and economy-wide digital innovation.
  • In the body, mention the issues such as ignoring the canons of RTI as the draft confines transparency of public data to non-personal data sets, lack of the trusteeship paradigm recommended by the 2020 Report of the MEITY Committee of Experts on non-personal data governance. In the way forward mention creating conditions for voluntary data sharing, mandatory data-sharing arrangement, creation of institutional mechanism etc.
  • Conclude by mentioning the need to take into account these factor while finalising the policy.
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