DST Launches Dashboard To Improve Efficiency, Transparency

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By: Subham Tiwari | New Delhi
Updated: 16 September, 2022 1:35 pm IST
The DST Dashboard was launched by Union minister Dr Jitendra Singh. (TNI photo)

Union minister Dr Jitendra Singh on Thursday launched a digital dashboard for monitoring projects, schemes and scholarships funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to ensure their effective implementation.

“Through the dashboard, details of each of the schemes and programmes for any group in every State can be accessed on a real-time basis and remedial measures, if any, can be taken promptly,” he told reporters in New Delhi.

The dashboard has been prepared under the supervision of Akhilesh Jha, who heads the Data and Strategy Unit of the DST.

Speaking to The New Indian, Jha said that the impact analysis of the schemes and scholarships can be done by the stakeholders involved using the digital dashboard.

“The analysis can be carried out on the basis of both age-wise as well as gender-wise for SC/ST/OBCs and General Castes. It will help the department in giving suggestions for reformative measures to states, if any,” he added.

Dr Singh, while speaking at the launch event, stressed the need for greater integration to improve transparency and accurate & timely implementation of projects.

“DST Dashboard is a good beginning and efforts would be made in future for a common dashboard for all science ministries and departments. The minister informed that more than ₹20,000 crore was disbursed by DST to 2,768 agencies in 35 states/UTs in the last five years. Every single minute detail is available on this dashboard,” said Dr Singh, who is the minister of state (independent charge) for science and technology.

The dashboard is an institutional mechanism of the DST to drive the process of building, harnessing as well as augmenting and monitoring the statistical and data analytical capabilities of the department, the minister highlighted.

He said that the Modi government is committed to improving transparency in the administrative processes.

“The current dispensation under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra is serious about and committed to improving transparency,” the minister said, adding that the dashboard will help the DST in taking evidence-based decisions.

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