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Punjab okays Punjab state data policy aimed at optimal use of data for governance

PUNJAB NEWS EXPRESS | December 30, 2020 08:11 PM

CHANDIGARH: In a bid to digitally empower residents of Punjab, the Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday approved the Punjab State Data Policy (PSDP) to track progress and to provide citizens greater and efficient access to services.

The PSDP would be instrumental in leveraging data and technology to optimize service delivery and citizens’ access and participation through user friendly and secure e-Governance systems. The data would be efficaciously utilized for evidence-based policy making and programme decision making.

The Cabinet also gave a nod to notify PSDP for creating a unified and interoperable data infrastructure for the state.

Disclosing this, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that with this, Punjab has now become one of the first states in the country to formulate a comprehensive data policy. Recognizing the potential utility and importance of the data generated by the government departments, organizations, and institutions in the state, the Punjab State Data Policy (PSDP) would define the rules of engagement with regards to all aspects of data management while remaining committed to protecting the privacy of citizens.

Apprising the Cabinet, the Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan said that this policy shall serve as a guiding principle for all departments to collect, process, manage and use data for efficient, effective, transparent and accessible service delivery to citizens. The Policy shall serve the purpose of facilitating easy access and sharing of government data, in order to support sustainable and inclusive governance and effective planning, implementation and monitoring of developmental programmes, managing and mitigating disasters and scientific research aiding informed decisions, for the public good.

Approves creation of new block Patiala (Rural) The Punjab Cabinet has approved the creation of a new block Patiala (Rural) for ensuring all round development in the villages falling under it. The new block would include 26 and 32 Gram Panchayats of Patiala and Nabha blocks respectively.   

Amendments in Punjab Government Employees (Conduct) Rules, 1966 approved

In order to maintain high ethical standards, integrity and honesty by public servants and the prohibition of sexual harassment of working women, the Cabinet approved amendment in Rule 2, 3 and 22 of Punjab Government Employees (Conduct) Rules, 1966 on the pattern of All India Service (Conduct) Rules, 1968 and Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964.

To improve conviction rate and for better delivery of criminal justice, especially in cases of heinous crimes, the Prosecution Department will be strengthened with the creation of 168 posts, while the Forensic Science Laboratory would get additional 84 posts and Chemical Examiner wing would be augmented by 12 posts. The Legal Rememberancer would be provided 16 more posts under the restructuring process.

Given the increasing traffic volumes, especially in large cities, the Cabinet has also approved creation of 15 posts for hiring Road Safety Associates as consultants by the DGP at competitive market rates, after suitable price discovery has been completed. The DGP has also been authorized to engage 50 additional consultants from among civilian experts in departments such as IT and Legal, in view of the growing challenges of tackling specialized crimes.

In line with the global policing trends of deploying uniformed personnel for core policing duties, while inducting civilian staff for other related work, the Cabinet has given the go-ahead to the creation of 413 posts of Ministerial Staff for performing office work in the districts and at Police Headquarters.

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