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DGQI Assessment for Q3 FY23: MoPSW Ranked 2nd among 66 Ministeries with Score 4.7 

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MoPSW ranked 2nd amongst the Ministries

Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) has secured the second position among 66 ministries with an score of 4.7 (out of 5) in the highly influential ‘Data Governance Quality Index (DGQI) assessment for 2022-2023 Q3 (Third Quarter of FY23)’.

  • DGQI Assessment for FY23 was conducted by Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office (DMEO), an attached office of NITI Aayog.
  • The MoPSW’s 2nd position highlighting its commitment to excellence in data governance.

About DGQI:

i.Data Governance Quality Index (DGQI) is prepared by Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office (DMEO), an attached office of NITI Aayog, to enable a comprehensive self-assessment of data preparedness levels with a scorecard of DGQI for the government agencies at the central and state level.

ii.DGQI survey measure the maturity level of administrative data systems and their use in decision-making of various ministries and departments on the implementation of Central Sector Schemes (CS) And Centrally-Sponsored Schemes (CSS).

iii.Six Themes: Under DGQI, the assessment was based on score under 6 key themes, including Data Generation, Data Quality, Use of Technology, Data Analysis, Use and Dissemination, Data Security and HR Capacity, and Case Studies.

MoPSW’s Progress:

i.MoPSW’s success in the DGQI assessment is mainly supported by the efforts of the National Technology Centre for Ports, Waterways, and Coasts (NTCPWC) at IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Madras, which was tasked with improving MoPSW’s Management Information System (MIS) in compliance with DGQI standards.

ii.NTCPWC is developed under Sagarmala Programme by MoPSW as a technology arm of the MoPSW.

  • Sagarmala: It is an ambitious national programme initiated from March 2015 to enhance the performance of the India’s logistics sector, by unlocking the full potential of India’s coastline and waterways.
  • It intends to reduce logistics cost for EXIM (Export-Import) and domestic trade with minimal infrastructure investment.

iii.DGQI has assessed the MIS portals for five schemes of MoPSW such as Sagarmala, Research and Development, Shipping, (Andaman, Lakshadweep Harbour Works), IWAI (Inland Waterways Authority of India) & IWT (Inland Water Transport) to enhance data flow, increase data quality and by incorporating emerging technologies such as AI (Artificial Intelligence)/ ML(Machine Learning).

Benefits of Data-driven Decision-making:

i.Data-driven approach will enable policymakers to identify trends, opportunities, and areas for improvement accurately.

ii.If the ministries have reliable data it could make informed decisions that would lead to better outcomes for citizens.

iii.Data-driven decision-making is cost-effective and enhances transparency, making it easier to track the progress of schemes and policies.

iv.The Ministry’s commitment to data-driven decision-making is a testament to its dedication to serving the people of India effectively.

Additional info:

As per the statement of Union Minister MoPSW, Sarbananda Sonowal, the data-driven decision-making has enabled the MoPSW to identify reforms and achieve its desired goals and objectives to implement the framework of government policies, schemes, and programs efficiently.

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About Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW):

Union Minsiter – Sarbananda Sonowal (Rajya Sabha – Assam)
Minister of State (MoS) – Shantanu Thakur, Shripad Yesso Naik