He has done it in Gujarat, and now, it’s the turn of the nation to experience the new-age IT – led e-governance under the leadership of maverick Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asserts Souvik Goswami, Elets News Network (ENN)
It wasn’t long ago that the Chief Minister Narendra Modi would talk about the potential of the Information Technology to facilitate better governance, and exploit IT to the fullest for all-round development of Gujarat. And now, with Prime Minister Modi moving to the national seat of power, observers feel, the story is going to be no different in the days to come; it’s just that the area and scope of experimentation would widen to encompass the whole nation. If track records are anything to go by, he is sure to take various services to the citizens, and in an effective way, using all the IT tools he can lay his hands on. Be it e-governance or m-governance (mobile governance), for that matter, he will leave no stone unturned to erect a comprehensive citizen-centric service delivery mechanism in the country.
“To me, e-governance is nothing but easy, economic and effective governance. e-governance is a key component of good governance, which is the key to sustainable development,” Narendra Modi had said as the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, at ‘eIndia’ event, organised by Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd, in Gandhinagar in 2011 (http:// egov.eletsonline.com/2012/01/indian-talentinformation- technology-india-tomorrow/)
That he believed in what he said – and proved through numerous citizen-centric service deliveries that his belief was not illfounded – is there for everyone to see.
And, early signs are already there. Immediately after moving into the South Block, Modi insisted on making the PMO website more interactive. In the next few hours, India’s Prime Minister’s official website displayed a new section- “Interact with Hon’ble PM”.
Narendra Modi has always been known as a tech-savvy person and a social media enthusiast. He has been active in social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter since long. Even as the Prime Minister of India, he is not only regularly tweeting but also active on Facebook. News reports suggest within four days of its launch, the official Facebook page of the Prime Minister’s Office has attracted over 1.1 million ‘Likes’. The PMO’s Twitter account also has about 1.4 million followers. Not just that, PMO’s website also has a section that gives details about PM’s social media updates.
The spruced-up PMO website amply reflects the quantum of importance Modi accords to e-governance, so as to bring in transparency and providing better governance.
I believe that IT+IT=IT. It means that Indian Talent and Information Technology is equivalent to India Tomorrow. It is my firm belief that our talent will build the future of India with the help of IT.
A section in the website – ‘Quest for Transparency’ – reads: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi firmly believes that transparency and accountability are the two cornerstones of any pro-people government. Transparency and accountability not only connect the people closer to the government but also make them equal and integral part of the decision making process. During his record four terms as Chief Minister, Narendra Modi demonstrated a strong commitment towards an open and transparent government. Rules and policies were not framed in AC Chambers but among the people. Draft policies were put online for people to give their feedback and suggestions. At the same time, initiatives such as Garib Kalyan Melas ensured that fruits of development directly reach the poor without any red tape. Another example is model of ‘One Day Governance’ that focuses on providing time-bound services to the citizens by leveraging the e-governance infrastructure. The main objective of this was to ensure provision of all Government-to-Citizen services covered under the Citizens’ Charter.”
Modi’s own believe about the Internet, IT at large or the resultant e-governance can be sensed from his own statement in the PMO website. In his message he says, “I envision this website as a very important medium of direct communication between us. I am a firm believer in the power of technology and social media to communicate with people across the world. I hope this platform creates opportunities to listen, learn and share one’s views.”
Narendra Modi, the man who lives, breathes and practises IT, had expressed his vision of a technologically vibrant India at the eIndia 2011 event in these words: “I believe that IT+IT=IT. It means that Indian Talent and Information Technology is equivalent to India Tomorrow. It is my firm belief that our talent will build the future of India with the help of IT.”
And, the people of India have not even an iota of doubt that Narendra Modi will soon have us convinced about the truth of the IT+IT=IT formula through his live examples of service delivery.