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By satyamkapoor |Email | Mar 21, 2018 | 15345 Views

It is not incorrect to say that the Modi Government has succeeded in governance due to data. Modi vouched for the power of big data in Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and even used analytics to nab the tax evaders. The government is surely making these disruptive technologies a part of their E-governance initiative. Also it is evident from the current budget that they are keen on bringing AI policies too.

There has been criticism for unplanned demonetization and GST implementation, but what everyone has noticed is the thrust on getting macro economic data inputs using tools like Aadhar, smartphone users, government hospitals in order to bring reforms. Big data and Analytics are being actively used to boost the economy. 2017 year was special as it marked the arrival of these technologies on the main stage. There are a number of use cases where Modi government has used big data. Let's have a look at some of them.

1.     Data mining and analytics to detect tax evasion

In 2017 budget speech, announcement was made to use big data to catch tax evaders. From the numbers, it is clear that presently India in general is tax non compliance as a society. A new data analytics platform called Project insight was launched by the govt. for this purpose. This platform which cost around 10 billion rupees is supposed to help curb the tax non compliance and evasion. Predictive analytics can help authorities predict the future of risks and defaults.

2.     Using Data Mining and AI to track de-registered firms

With the help of data mining, the govt. was able to get information of about 50,000 such entities which still existed despite being de-registered. In order to curb black money, the names of around 2.24 lakh companies have been struck off from records and also over 3 lakh directors have been barred from directorship of their associations with such firms.

3.     Tracking the flow of goods using big data

Perhaps the biggest use case was of using big data generated by railways and GST network to see the flow of goods within the country. Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramaniam said that the survey helped show the first estimate of flow of goods across the states in the country, based on the analysis of transaction level data provided by GST network.

4.     Using analytics in Agriculture

The govt. is also actively using technology to add value to agriculture and make it a profitable industry. Big data helped find opportunities starting from the selection of right agri-inputs, controlling irrigations, monitoring soil moisture and more. Govt. also used geotagging of all agri-related infrastructure to keep track of the agricultural assets in the country. A deal has also been signed with ISRO to use satellites for the purpose of mapping assets.

5.     Monitoring public mood using big data

It was reported in 2016, that the govt. is making use of big data analytics to process sentiments of the people and also ideas that come through the portal. Reports suggest that the govt. was using analytics to process and filter and key points that come up in debate on the platform and also assess the mood of the public regarding important issues from social media networks. The key findings were then put together in a report, along with key measures that can be taken.

Source: HOB