Sunday, July 5, 2015

An article by Sam Pitroda

I had written about Digital India and also about Sam Pitroda.  Here's an article from Sam Pitroda himself. 

Four critical things that make a Digital India possible today and challenges ahead 
By Sam Pitroda

This government's Digital India campaign is a welcome step in creating an India of the 21st century powered by connectivity, technology and the opportunity that such connectivity offers in terms of access, services and platforms for unleashing India's creative talent. 

However, it is imperative to understand what it means to create a 'Digital India'. Such an effort requires an entire ecosystem of support and an apparatus for implementation that has to be developed and matured over a period of time.

While the face of Digital India may be a website providing e-governance or connectivity between the citizen and the government, the thinking, vision and systems that produce this end product are implemented over several years. 

And the seeds of India's Digital vision were first laid by Rajiv Gandhi in the 1980s when his government took the pioneering steps for creating the National Informatics Centre (NIC), the digital arm of the then very much 'manually operated' government. NIC laid the groundwork for computerising government systems by building a national network with data centres in Delhi. In essence, this was the first piece of the vision of a digital India — connectivity.

I would like to outline below the four critical pieces that make a Digital India possible today and which have been implemented over the last several years:

The first part is connectivity. The connectivity provided by NIC was the beginning of an effort to computerise government and digitise India for the 21st century. In the last 25 years, NIC has done a remarkable job of building human capacity, institutional frameworks and programmes for egovernance functionalities. 

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