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DPIIT reviews the progress made by Social Sector Ministries/Departments in the adoption of PM GatiShakti National Master Plan

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New Delhi: Special Secretary (Logistics), Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Smt. Sumita Dawra chaired meeting to review the progress made by Social Sector Ministries/Departments in adopting PM GatiShakti NMP, in New Delhi.

The meeting was attended by 35 senior officials from 14 Ministers/Departments, namely: the Department of Panchayati Raj, the Department of Health and Family Welfare, the Department of Post Department of School Education and Literacy, the Department of Higher Education, the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Department of Youth Affairs, Department of Sports, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Ministry of Ayush as well as BISAG-N, and NITI Aayog.

PM GatiShakti NMP promotes a transformative and sustainable approach for transforming India’s infrastructural landscape. Through integrated planning and synchronized project implementation across all concerned Ministries and State Governments. ‘A whole of the Government Approach’ is being adopted, for better decision-making, and planning of projects such as comprehensive mapping of schools, hospitals, services, public utilities, etc. Therefore, a need was felt for Social Sector Ministries/Departments to adopt PM GatiShakti NMP for the utilization of their assets, and holistic development across the country.

Following this, two subsequent meetings have been organized by DPIIT, to discuss the advantages of PM GatiShakti NMP, integration of data layers, data quality, and challenges being faced by Ministries/ Departments. Furthermore, two new Ministries, viz, Ministry of Ayush and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship have adopted PM GatiShakti NMP.

At the review meeting, the Special Secretary emphasized on the significance of adopting PM GatiShakti NMP and the transformative role it can play in integrated planning and synchronized implementation of infrastructure and social sector projects/schemes. Use cases of adoption of PM GatiShakti in Uttar Pradesh for integration of Pahunch portal for the planning of schools with the NMP platform, optimization of planning of Anganwadi in Gujarat, 5G planning tool, and street furniture planning in Chandigarh were mentioned as case studies and best practices from States.

The significant progress made by the onboarded Social Sector Ministries/Departments since the last meeting was well appreciated. Furthermore, imaginative and innovative use of the NMP platform in planning, implementation, and monitoring programs/schemes for greater accessibility and last-mile connectivity to healthcare centers, hospitals, schools, and Anganwadi were mentioned to enhance public welfare. The Social Sector Ministries/Departments were motivated to engage with States and aspirational districts to facilitate its wider adoption at a different level.

During the Union Budget announcement 2023, 7 Saptarishi (priorities) were discussed among which, two were focused on inclusive development and last-mile connectivity. The usage of planning and decision-making tools, for suitable site selection for the Primitive Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) scheme as well as the Eklavya Model Residential Schools, was mentioned for the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

The Social Sector Ministries/Departments individually apprised and deliberated on the progress made, the number of data layers integrated, the development of planning and decision-making tools, and challenges faced. The meeting saw fruitful deliberations from all the participants.