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Smart Cities Mission (SCM), Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs wins Platinum Icon in Digital India Awards 2022

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  • The Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has won the Platinum Icon in the Digital India Awards 2022 for their initiative “DataSmart Cities: Empowering Cities through Data”. 
  • The award was announced under the ‘Data Sharing and Use for Socio-Economic Development’ category. 
  • DataSmart Cities (DSC) initiative, launched under National Urban Digital Mission, aims to harness the power of data for better governance in India’s 100 Smart Cities.

Purpose of the Smart Cities Mission:-

  • The objective of SCM is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment through the application of ‘Smart’ solutions.

DataSmart Cities Initiative:-

  • The DataSmart Cities Initiative is a key step in creating a robust data ecosystem that enables evidence-based decision-making in cities. It aims to harness the power of data for better governance in India’s 100 Smart Cities.
  • Digital India Awards presents an opportunity to bring to the fore digital initiatives being adopted to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.
  • It is a prestigious National competition that seeks to encourage and honor innovative digital solutions by government entities in realizing the Digital India vision.
  • The program has institutionalized a Data Ecosystem in cities through 100 City Data Offices and more than 50 Data Policies.
  • The Smart Cities Open Data Portal has transformed from zero to all 100 Smart Cities now publishing open datasets and contributing to data blogs and visualizations, leading to 1.2+ lakh downloads and 6 lakh views.
  • This initiative has led to a generation of more than 180 innovative, scalable, and replicable use cases in collaboration with various stakeholders that are being utilized by cities for better functioning and citizen engagement vis.

No. 1 smart city in India:-

  • The smart town Bhopal was given the top spot in the most recent assessment for 2022 by the Union Ministry of Housing and Concrete Affairs.

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