July 2012

Governance in the Information Age

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eWorld Forum 2012


The eWorld Forum 2012, one of India’s most prestigious events on e-Governance, transpired at Le Méridien Hotel, New Delhi, on 15th and 16th June, 2012. A bevy of Senior Officials representing the Centre and State governments in India and other countries attended the event along with Representatives of Eminent International Institutions, Political Leaders, Industry Leaders, Thought Leaders, Policy Makers, Academicians, Researchers and Technology Vendors.
Many Important Delegates from all walks of governance, business and social space arrived at the event to interact with the key speakers and to gain new insight into the new e-Governance ideas that are being launched and developed. The eWorld Awards 2012, which recognises excellence in the field of e-Governance, were distributed at the event. The 31 winners of e-Governance awards received their trophy and citation from the hands of:
• S Regunathan, Advisor, National Knowledge Commission & Former Chief Secretary, Govt of Delhi
• Anil Shrivastav, Joint Director General, Civil Aviation & CMD Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd
• Frederika Meijer, Representative, United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, India, and Country Director, Bhutan

J Satyanarayana“Right to information is based on the ideal that it is the citizen who in real sense of the term is the owner of information”
J Satyanarayana, Secretary, DeitY, Ministry of Communication & IT, Govt of India

Dr Sudhir Krishna“Traditionally, we have been very proud of our rural population, but this pride is not based on rational analysis. In order to increase productivity of the country, people should migrate to urban areas”
Dr Sudhir Krishna, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India

N Ravishankar“In order to build a smart nation, it is just not enough to have smart cities, we must also have smart villages”
N Ravishankar, Administrator, USOF, Dept of Telecom, Government of India

Rita Teaotia“The disparity and diversity of our country poses challenges in the path of inclusive growth. However, the rate at which we are growing gives rise to aspirations”
Rita Teaotia, Additional Secretary, DeitY, Ministry of Communication & IT, India

Som Mittal“Technology is not merely about automating things, it is really about bringing out transformations and ensuring that the process we use in the government keep becoming more efficient”
Som Mittal, President, NASSCOM

Caitlin Wiesen“Inclusive growth can only be achieved in a sustainable manner when all the three dimensions of development – economic, social and environmental – are addressed in our policies, programmes and partnerships”
Caitlin Wiesen, Country Head, UNDP India

“Public awareness is the most important factor in disaster management”
Anil K Sinha, Vice Chairman, Bihar State Disaster Management Authority

“In the digital age do we really need a birth certificate, a caste certificate, school leaving certificate, an income certificate? What is the use of that piece of paper? ”
Sanjiv Mital, CEO, National Institute for Smart Government

“There is a gap between conceptualising e-Governance projects and execution of the same. This gap comes into being as different departments are not motivated to carry out e  Governance projects on a large scale”
Dharmarajan Krishnan, Additional Director, Directorate General of Systems, Custom and Excise

“Inclusive growth can only be a reality when there is empowerment of people through a process of data sharing”
R Shiva Kumar, CEO, NSDI, Dept. of Science and Technology, Government of India

“Up till a year ago IT was looked upon as a minor department and the traditional departments such as Agriculture, PWD, Public Health were given more importance. But things are changing now”
Anurag Goel, Secretary, Dept. of IT, Government of Assam

“My office is the only commission in the whole country where there are no paper files. Yet, I manage to do ample amount of work”
Shailesh Gandhi, Central Information Commissioner, Government of India

“e-Governance leads to transparency, which in turn leads to more efficiency in governance. However, the core issue is not e-Governance, it is good governance. The “e” is only a tool for providing good governance”
Anil Srivastava, JDG, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA); and CMD, Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd

“The latest project for providing broadband connectivity to the village panchyats addresses the issue of digital divide. Hopefully in the coming two, three years there will be a solution”
Dr Rajendra Kumar, Jt. Secretary-DeitY Government of India

Hossam Ragheb“ICT can provide us with ways of conducting administrative reforms for providing better services to the citizens”
Hossam Ragheb, Minister’s Advisor & Executive Director, National Management Institute, Ministry of State for Administrative Reform, Egypt

“The need of the hour is to have a system for Coordinated, real-time communication between the first responders at any incident, the public and the various organisations that are tasked with handling the emergency”
Dr Rajvir P Sharma, Additional Director General of Police, Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force, Karnataka

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