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Digital transformation via e-governance essential for Modi’s ‘India 2022’ vision: MoS Jitendra Singh

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Union Minister of State (MoS) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh, said in Mumbai that e-governance is the key to ‘India@75’ or ‘India 2022’ when the nation celebrates 75 years of independence.

Addressing the National Conference on e-governance, organized by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Personnel Grievance (DARPG), Union Ministry of Personnel, along with the Government of Maharashtra, Singh said that digital transformation is essential for achieving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for ‘India 2022’, adding that it has to be part of a holistic ecosystem based on digital technology.

Dwelling upon the theme of yesterday’s Conference in relation to Artificial Intelligence (AI), deep learning, blockChain, and data analysis, Singh said it will be e-NAM for farmers, e-Hospital for healthcare including Ayushman, GeM (Government e-Marketplace) for businesses, OSI (Online Service Index) for oOnline services, and so forth. This, in turn, he said, would lead to the accomplishment of the goal of ‘maximum governance and minimum government‘.

Singh recalled it was on a cue from Modi that the process of holding governance-related conferences in different parts of the country was given an impetus so as to facilitate interaction on a wider scale among officers and administrators representing different States and Union Territories of India. This also helps in learning about the best practices in governance applied by counterparts in different regions and states of India, he said.

Singh referred to a series of recently held conferences devoted to different themes including Shillong Conference and the Shillong Declaration devoted to improving connectivity, Jammu ‘Sushasan’ Conference with Jammu ‘Sankalp‘ dealing with replication of good governance practices in newly created Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, and the Nagpur Meet last month.

He congratulated the DARPG and also thanked the Maharashtra State Government for readily coming forward to hold this conference. The Conference was also addressed by Satej D Patil, Minister for IT, Government of Maharashtra, and Kshatrapati Shivaji, Secretary, DARPG.

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