India Makes a Big Leap in IT and New Age Technologies: Jitendra Singh

Union Minister Jitendra Singh said PM Narendra Modi was trying to introduce a new governance model in India based on the mantra of “Maximum Governance, Minimum Government” to achieve technology-driven simple governance.

Opening the 25th National Conference on e-Governance (NCeG), the NCeG’s silver jubilee edition in Katra, Jammu and Kashmir, Jitendra Singh said the ultimate goal of good governance is to make life easier for ordinary people.

He said the Modi government has anticipated the need for information technology and has introduced it into every aspect of governance and is committed to promoting inclusive growth in all sectors.

The Government of India’s Department of Administrative Reform and Public Complaints (DARPG) and Department of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in cooperation with the Jammu and Kashmir State Government are organizing the 25th National Conference on e-Governance (NCeG). 26-27 November 2022 in Katra, Jammu & Kashmir. The theme of this conference is “Bringing Citizens, Industry and Government Closer”.

Referring to the conference’s theme of ‘Bringing Citizens, Industry and Government Closer’, Jitendra Singh said it has become an absolute necessity in the times we live in as the days of working in silos are over. He said closer synergies between them research, academia, industry and start-ups is the way forward for India to become Atmanirbhar (Self-Reliant) in the truest sense of the word.

The minister added that at a time of increasing digitization with Web 3.0, artificial intelligence and regular technical disruptions, PM Modi’s vision of India’s Techade can be realized through a vigorous and pervasive digital push.

The Minister said: Digital innovation will play an important role in governance over the next decade to transform India into a digitally-enabled society and knowledge-based economy.

He said this will require discussions on issues and technologies that will shape digital governance in the future to improve the delivery of government services to citizens. He said Vision India@2047 would be e-Vision India @2047.

Jitendra Singh said it’s worth noting that all such large-scale public digital solutions are built with an open architecture and are modular with plug-and-play, essentially aiming to democratize and decentralize technology usage.

He said India has built “open digital platforms” which are tremendous force multipliers, stressing that this is critical and unique in that it is affordable, interoperable, API-driven (and therefore scalable), “mobile first” in vernaculars and India’s entrepreneurs should build on the tracks of these platforms to innovate and solve problems at scale and for trust. These are not only digital transformations, but also innovations in the design philosophy of citizen-centric solutions with huge socio-economic impacts, the minister added.

Jitendra Singh urged all participants and followers attending two days of intensive deliberations to focus on issues that will propel India into the next decade of agile growth.

Jitendra Singh concluded that increased efficiency, increased transparency, consistent focus on citizen-centricity and reaching the last man in the last line for service delivery are the ultimate goal of all governance reforms in the true spirit of Antyodaya.

He said that in the next 25 years of Amrit Kaal, officers in their 20s and 30s must play a prominent role in leading India to become the unique and best model of government in 2047 when we mark the 100th year of independence celebrate india.

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