New Delhi: Giving the newly constituted empowered Know-how Group a serious say in authorities choices, the Cupboard Secretariat has directed all ministries to incorporate of their Cupboard notes the technological implications of their proposals together with the group’s feedback.

The Cupboard arrange the Empowered Know-how Group, to be headed by the Principal Scientific Advisor, on February 19 as an institutional physique to put down, coordinate and oversee national-level insurance policies associated to the procurement and induction of expertise.

As per the Cupboard Secretariat’s route on February 29 to all ministries, the brand new physique will vet all division proposals exceeding Rs 500 crore for the procurement of expertise/merchandise earlier than they’re submitted to the Expenditure Finance Fee.


“In circumstances the place such proposals are positioned earlier than Cupboard or Cupboard Committees, the draft Cupboard/Cupboard Committee notes, together with interministerial feedback, shall be shared with the Empowered Know-how Group,” the secretariat stated. The Cupboard notes ought to “individually and clearly mirror the expertise implications” of the proposal in the primary physique of the word in a paragraph instantly following the part on monetary implications.

The federal government has modified the handbook on preparation of Cupboard notes to incorporate this requirement and has requested for strict compliance with the change on a right away foundation.

The Empowered Know-how Group has the mandate to render “sound and well timed recommendation” to find out the route and trajectory of the federal government’s analysis & improvement and expertise improvement programmes.

The group’s goal is to establish the challenges earlier than the nation in numerous sectors that may be addressed by expertise, establish such options and advise the federal government on these facets, apart from growing a expertise indigenisation street map.

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Its mandate additionally includes encouraging ministries and states to develop in-house experience in coverage and use of applied sciences comparable to information science and synthetic intelligence.

The group consists of the chairmen of the Atomic Power Fee, the Area Fee and the Defence Analysis and Growth Organisation and the secretaries of the IT, telecommunications and science & expertise ministries.