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Open API policy in Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department

Introduction: Open APIs

An Open API (often referred to as a Public API) is a publicly available application programming interface that provides developers with programmatic access to a proprietary software application. APIs are sets of requirements that govern how one application can communicate and interact with another. They also allow developers to access certain internal functions of a program. In the simplest terms, an API allows one piece of software to interact with another piece of software. They allow developers, outside of an organization’s workforce, to access backend data that can then be used to enhance their own applications.

Initiative by FCS Department, Punjab

Department of Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Punjab have adopted and implemented Open APIs to enable quick and transparent integration with other applications and systems implemented by various Government/Private organizations or NGOs, thereby providing access to data & services and promoting citizen participation for the benefit of the community.

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