The 18th edition of India’s premier e-governance forum, the Express Technology Sabha, which kicked off on Thursday at The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort, Goa, was a record-breaking gathering of key practitioners of e-governance from all over India. The full breadth and depth of e-governance projects being undertaken in the country was represented at the event in the presence of key government officials, thought leaders and representatives of private companies.
The theme of the 18th edition of the event was ‘9 Pillars of Digital India’.
The event was inaugurated by chief guest Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP, Rajya Sabha, in the presence of dignitaries such as R Chandrashekhar, President, Nasscom; Shankar Aggarwal, secretary, ministry of labour & employment; Srivatsa Krishna, secretary, Dept of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology; and Anant Goenka, wholetime director & head – New Media, The Indian Express.
Following the inauguration, there was an address by chief guest Chandrasekhar, who made many interesting observations on urbanisation, smart cities and internet penetration. The address was followed by a candid conversation between Chandrashekhar and Goenka.
“Currently, we don’t have a comprehensive policy on IoT in India,” said Chandrashekhar. “The government should address this.”
One of the highlights of the first day was the panel discussion: 9 Pillars of Digital India-Ideas for Developing e-governance. Participating in the panel discussion were Chandrashekhar, Aggarwal, Krishna; and Amer Warsi, director – commercial & public sector, Enterprise Group, Hewlett-Packard India. The session was moderated by Akhilesh Tuteja, partner and head of technology, KPMG India.
This discussion saw speakers exploring the benefits that Digital India could bring for the country. They highlighted several scenarios where the process of providing government services was becoming much more easy, efficient and transparent through the use of new technology.
The event was supported by government organisations such as ministry of urban affairs, Dept of Electronics and IT (DeitY), National Informatics Centre (NIC), National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT), National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) and the Goa government.