Kunhalikutty gives State IT Ministers Conference a miss

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New Delhi: Shri P K Kunhalikutty, Kerala’s Minister for IT was among the IT Ministers from several States who failed to attend a conference of State IT Ministers on ‘Digital India’ programme organised by the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India on August 26, 2014 at New Delhi.

In fact, IT Ministers from only ten States participated in the conference to discuss the ‘Digital India’ project. However, IT Secretaries and Senior Officials from the IT Department from 33 States / UTs participated in the conference chaired by the Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad.

‘Digital India’ is a new initiative of Government of India, to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. The focus is on being transformative to realize that Indian Talent (IT) + Information Technology (IT) = India Tomorrow (IT).

‘Digital India’ is an Umbrella Programme that covers multiple Government Ministries and Departments. It weaves together a large number of ideas and thoughts into a single, comprehensive vision so that each of them is seen as part of a larger goal. Digital India programme is to be coordinated by the Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY) and implemented by the entire Government.

The vision of ‘Digital India’ is centred on three key areas namely, Digital Infrastructure as a Utility to Every Citizen, Governance & Services on Demand and Digital Empowerment of Citizens.

Digital India comprises nine pillars, viz. Broadband Highways, Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity, Public Internet Access Programme, e-Governance: Reforming Government through Technology, e-Kranti – Electronic Delivery of Services, Information for All, Electronics Manufacturing, IT for Jobs and Early Harvest Programmes. Each of these components is a complex programme in itself and cuts across multiple Government Ministries and Departments.

The Digital India Programme pulls together many existing schemes, which will be restructured and re-focused. Digital India will also enhance the portfolio of ‘Made in India’ electronic devices, products & services.

The deliberations and interactions during the conference were very participative and useful in informing the participants about various aspects of implementation of the Digital India programme. All the IT ministers from States present at the conference made very useful interventions and participated actively in the discussions. This conference would enable better coordination between Centre and States to achieve the vision of ‘Digital India’ and digitally empower the country through ICT & e-Governance.

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