Startups To Enable Citizen Participation In Public Governance With Data

Startups To Enable Citizen Participation In Public Governance With Data

Chandrapur district in Maharashtra rich in natural resources of lime and coal boasts of one of Asia’s largest thermal power plants and several cement factories. Yet, the district is among the most backward ones in India. People walk miles to find mobile phone network. Only 5% of its population is computer literate. Naxalite attacks aren’t uncommon. However, things are changing.

Chandrapur district collector Ashutosh Salil, who overlooks the expenditure of Rs 500 crore of taxpayer money, uses a dashboard on his computer screen to make more informed decisions.

“When you have numbers, figures and data in front of you, you stop shooting in the dark,“ Salil said. “It is easier for you to pinpoint with data. North to south – Chandrapur is 250 kilometres. I can’t know every detail of what’s happening. Now, it is easier to fix responsibility. We now say fix electricity in this particular village rather than saying fix electricity in every village,“ he said. Read More…

 

Credit By : ET Energy World

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