Manoj Sinha addressing at a National Seminar on ICT Emerging Technologies & USOF for Digital India, in New Delhi on August 10, 2016
Is it Possible to Achieve the Vision of Digital India?
The Digital India dream will only be realized if the government carries out proper requirement analysis, cost-benefit analysis, return-on-investment (RoI) analysis, and impact analysis for each technology-based project. The findings of these analyses should be made public.
Plus, the government procedures should immediately be changed to eliminate the need of physical interaction between citizens and government officials for various citizen services because physical meetings lead to corruption. Let everything happen online, and it is possible.
~ Rakesh Raman
India’s Minister of Communications Manoj Sinha today called for holistic planning rather than piecemeal approach to achieve the vision of Digital India.
Inaugurating a seminar organized by National Institute of Communication Finance on “ICT emerging technologies & USOF for Digital India”, the Minister said, there is need for innovation in this sector as India cannot afford to emulate the Developed economies due to limited resources.
He said if India lags in catching up with emerging technologies in the coming 15 to 20 years, the very existence of the country will be at stake.
[ आओ मिल कर करें एक नये और समृद्ध भारत का निर्माण ]
He exhorted the officials and other stakeholders to “Walk the Talk” for achieving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Transforming India through Digital Revolution.
Sinha said it is our duty to digitally empower the huge chunk of population particularly in rural areas who are still deprived of IT revolution and he underlined that Government alone cannot do this and called for cooperation of all.
Sinha expressed the hope that by March 2017, 100,000 Gram Panchayats will be connected through Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) to set up a network infrastructure to serve the rural masses.
He said whether network infrastructure or digital highway, there is a need for finding appropriate technologies for the deprived sections of society.
The two-day seminar will deliberate on the topics like changing role of USOF (Universal Service Obligation Fund), regulatory issues and its future perspective, challenges of consolidation in Digital India initiatives, Bharat Net and road ahead, broadband proliferation by telecom service providers, unlicensed spectrum for Wi-Fi, and so on.
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