Indian Government is Planning to Build Unified Portal for All Digital Public Goods

In a significant move towards enhancing digital accessibility and promoting ease of doing business, the Government of India is set to launch a unified portal to catalogue all its digital public goods (DPGs) under one platform.

This initiative aims to provide seamless access to essential services and applications such as Aadhaar, the Unified Payments Interface (UPI), and the Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC), among others, for citizens and businesses.

According to The Economic Times, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is expected to spearhead the creation of the portal, collaborating with various ministries, departments, and agencies to compile comprehensive details of the digital public infrastructure (DPI) developed by them.

An anonymous government official highlighted the necessity of a unified portal, stating, “Almost all central government departments and even a few states have created their own DPGs, which provide different services through apps and platforms. A single portal will at least unify all this information along with the steps to access the service.”

Government departments will be required to furnish detailed information about their respective DPIs, including the tasks performed, user statistics, underlying technology, adherence to open protocols, and any additional requirements for service utilization.

The overarching goal is to not only facilitate easy access for users but also to promote ease of doing business, as multinational companies have expressed interest in leveraging these DPIs for their operations.

An official emphasized that the portal aims to distinguish itself from the concept of a super app and will serve as a comprehensive resource for developers and engineers, providing insights into upcoming DPGs for potential collaboration and innovation.

Currently, around 60 DPGs have been either fully or partially developed in the country across various sectors. Estimates suggest that the global market size of DPGs is projected to reach $100 billion within the next five to six years, with the cost per person for developing a DPG being as low as 74 cents in countries with populations exceeding 50 million.

As India marches towards digital transformation, initiatives like the unified portal for DPGs underscore the government’s commitment to leveraging technology for inclusive growth and development.

Disclaimer: This information is covered based on the latest research and development available. However, it may not fully reflect all current aspects of the subject matter.

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