e-Gov Product & Services

NexGen DARPAN Transforming Complex Government Data Into Compelling Visuals


NexGen DARPAN (Dashboard for Analytical Review of Projects Across the Nation) is configurable, generic and bilingual copyright product of NIC and provides the administrations with at-a-glance insights into departmental activities and scheme monitoring. DARPAN enables dynamic project monitoring without coding, featuring drilldown capabilities for quick and detailed perspectives of all flagship government projects. With its unparalleled adaptability and versatility, the DARPAN platform stands ready for seamless integration, offering its robust functionality across various States as well as Central Ministries/ Departments.

The implementation of the Darpan Dashboard was driven by the urgent need to enhance transparency and operational efficiency within the government. Recognizing the evolving expectations of citizens and the global trend towards digital governance, there was a clear requirement for a platform capable of providing quick, real-time insights into government initiatives, budget allocations, and performance metrics. Uttar Pradesh has made significant strides in advancing its e-Governance framework through the deliberate adoption of the Darpan Dashboard. This dashboard serves as a crucial tool in promoting administrative accountability, providing seamless access for stakeholders, and facilitating the evaluation of relevant information. Leveraging Meghraj Cloud Services, the dashboard currently manages an extensive portfolio comprising 805 projects across 67 departments, encompassing a total of 5837 registered Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

A vital aspect of this initiative involves the rigorous implementation of a Data Quality Index (DQI) and Star Rating mechanism. This evaluative framework relies on meticulously sourced data from diverse departments, contributing to the Chief Minister’s dashboard. Through thorough analysis of this data, a monthly compilation of Rankings and Gradings is conducted, covering Projects, Departments, Districts, and Composite entities.

The Darpan Dashboard was inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in the presence of Hon’ble Deputy Chief Ministers Shri Brajesh Pathak and Shri Keshav Prasad Maurya, along with Shri Swatantra Dev Singh, Minister of Jal Shakti, Government of Uttar Pradesh (GoUP), Shri Suresh Kumar Khanna, Minister of Finance, GoUP, and Shri Arvind Kumar Sharma, Minister of Urban Development and Minister of Energy, GoUP, on July 30th, 2023.

The CM Command Centre and DARPAN Dashboard will play a pivotal role in evaluating the performance of officials across sectors such as Police Service, Municipal Corporations, and Development Authorities. Furthermore, they will assess the effectiveness of various government schemes through monthly ranking and grading processes.

The Legacy System

The creation of the DARPAN Dashboard arose from the urgent necessity for a centralized platform to monitor government projects and streamline data management. It seamlessly integrates with multiple online systems, each offering varying levels of data granularity, and amalgamates information from diverse departments. Through this process, it transforms this heterogeneous data into actionable insights, thereby facilitating more efficient governance.

S.P. Goyal, IAS
S.P. Goyal, IAS
Additional Chief Secretary
Govt. of Uttar Pradesh

Process at Glance

The system architecture comprises two closely integrated modules: Data Integration Services and Data Visualization (Dashboard) Services. Within this structure, the Data Validation module ensures Data Quality by detecting and eliminating Data Outliers. DARPAN provides users with the flexibility to access data at various granularities, including Time-stamped Master Data and the most recent Master Data. Moreover, DARPAN optimizes processes through automated workflows, establishing a resilient approvalbased Content Management System. It also employs a robust authentication mechanism for web API Data consumption and integration with Management Information Systems (MIS).

Advantages of NEXTGEN DARPAN Advantages of NEXTGEN DARPAN Mobile Fig 8.3: Advantages of NEXGEN DARPAN

Secure Web API

Our versatile RESTful web-API, fortified with 256-bit AES Encryption and G-zip Compression, ensures seamless data consumption across diverse environments. Additionally, HMAC, which combines a cryptographic hash function with a secure Cryptographic key, guarantees real-time validation of client payload data. The deployment of SSL further underscores our commitment to robust security measures

Data Consumption Process Flow Data Consumption Process Flow Mobile Fig 8.2: Data Consumption Process Flow

Authenticated MIS

DARPAN simplifies the integration of departmental MIS portals with its Dashboard, enabling monitoring officers to swiftly access beneficiary-level data. Project administrators have the option to implement Secure MIS (DARPAN Authenticated MIS) to prevent unauthorized access. Enhanced security measures, such as MIS key and token validation processes, are employed to restrict access solely to authorized parties, ensuring data confidentiality and integrity.

Key Highlights

The platform offers specialized dashboards customized for various organizational levels and functions:

  • Sectoral Dashboards
  • Departmental Dashboards
  • Ministry Dashboards
  • Project Dashboards

The dashboard offers thorough insights into government schemes, aiding informed decision-making and performance evaluation through the following options:

  • Scheme Overview
  • Descriptive Analysis
  • Comparison Series
  • Demographic Analysis
  • Trend Timeline Series
  • Peer Analysis

The platform includes these essential features to ensure data accuracy and reliability, empowering stakeholders to make confident, informed decisions:

  • Data Quality Index (DQI)
  • Star Rating
  • DQI Mark sheet

The product provides versatile ranking capabilities for districts, divisions, departments, and projects with various modes:

  • Fixed Formula: Consistent criteria-based ranking.
  • Dynamic Formula: Adapts to changing factors.
  • Delta Ranking: Focuses on progress made from onetime period to another. It helps in identifying top / bottom performers.
  • The system allows authorized users to tailor their views, prioritize important information, and customize chart options for a personalized experience, enhancing perspectives on priority projects.
  • The system generates a comprehensive booklet offering detailed insights into project performance across various levels. It provides a holistic view, highlighting both underperforming and successful projects.
  • This feature offers users a dynamic viewing experience, enabling them to review specific projects in real-time. It operates from a gallery of project information based on user-selected criteria, such as project and timeframe.
  • The mobile app empowers users to seamlessly monitor projects and performance across diverse platforms, ensuring flexibility and accessibility.
Sanjay Prasad, IAS
Sanjay Prasad, IAS
Principal Secretary
Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
Alok Kumar, IAS
Alok Kumar, IAS
Principal Secretary
Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
Prathmesh Kumar, IAS
Prathmesh Kumar, IAS
Special Secretary
Govt. of Uttar Pradesh

Technology Stack

The system is built using cutting-edge .NET web technologies and seamlessly integrated with SQL Server. RESTful APIs are structured meticulously following the Model, View, and Controller (MVC) architecture, while jQuery and JavaScript libraries are utilized for efficient client-side activity management.


  • The DARPAN Dashboard is utilized by the Hon’ble Chief Minister’s Office of Uttar Pradesh and reviewed by government officials involved in policy and decision-making at both state and district levels.
  • It empowers Hon’ble Chief Ministers, Commissioners, DMs, CDOs, SPs, and Police Commissioners to efficiently monitor critical information, streamlining decision-making processes.
  • The dashboard enables real-time district-level project monitoring, providing Hon’ble Chief Ministers with direct insights for swift decision-making and timely interventions
  • A strategic ranking system based on KPIs ensures accountability and healthy competition among departments, driving continuous improvement.
  • DARPAN offers an objective assessment of departmental activities up to the district level, enabling informed decision-making by identifying successes and areas for improvement.


The benefits of the DARPAN Dashboard are extensive, enhancing efficiency and decisionmaking across administrative levels:

  • Streamlined KPI Visualization: The web-based dashboard simplifies KPI visualization across departments, enabling quick assessments without navigating intricate source systems.
  • Real-Time Project Evaluation: Real-time project evaluation empowers decision-makers to swiftly measure progress, fostering an adaptive and responsive approach to project management.
  • Detailed Information Accessibility: Dashboards allow users to seamlessly drill into detailed information by selecting desired variables or objects from complex datasets, facilitating nuanced understanding for informed decision-making.
  • Universal Accessibility: DARPAN’s programming ensures universal accessibility, reaching diverse stakeholders anytime, anywhere, aligning with inclusivity and expeditious decision-making.


The DARPAN Dashboard was honored with the Award of Excellence at the CSI SIG e-Governance Awards 2021, recognizing its remarkable contribution to digital governance.

Ending Remarks

The DARPAN Project Management Unit (PMU) at NIC Uttar Pradesh State Unit, Lucknow, is headed by Shri Ajai Gopal Bhartariya, Senior Technical Director with Shri Vaibhav Agarwal, Smt. Shalini Singh, Shri Vijay Singh Pal, and Shri Kamlesh Singh actively contributing to product development and implementation. They operate under the guidance of Shri I.P.S Sethi, Deputy Director General (DDG) at NIC Headquarters, New Delhi with consistent support from Shri Sunil Sharma, State Informatics Officer (SIO), Uttar Pradesh.

Amit Singh
Amit Singh
Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
Contact for more details

Ajai Gopal Bhartariya

Senior Technical Director & Project Head
NIC Uttar Pradesh State Unit
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh - 226001


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