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Leading by Example

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Ravi-SireGovernance, often defined as ‘easy governance’, is here. Even before a formal announcement of launch of the ‘Digital India’ campaign from the Central Government, several states had already forayed into the domain to ensure easy, transparent and accountable delivery of citizen-centric services.
The State of Kerala, well-known for its green, picturesque landscape and widely acclaimed as a key Medical Tourism hub, has now left behind many Indian states also in terms of implementation of e-Governance initiatives. Be it raising IT Infrastructure like State Data Centre (SDC) and State Service Delivery Gateway (SSDG), or implementing initiatives such as Akshaya Common Service Centres (CSCs), Citizen Call Centres (CCCs), e-Forms, e-Districts, Sutharya Keralam and other Aadhaar-based services, Kerala boasts of a decisive lead over many others.
Not just that, Kerala has also made effective ICT interventions in the fields of education, health and agriculture. Smart classrooms and e-Learning programmes, telemedicine delivery to eliminate distance barriers in healthcare, and anytime, anywhere availability of valuable agriculture tips are some of the features that the local populace has been enjoying for the past several years now.
It was in this backdrop that Elets Technomedia decided to locate its 10th eINDIA 2014 Summit (http://eindia.eletsonline.com/2014/) venue to the “God’s Own Country”, and the state government readily came forward to become the host of the event of events. Slated for 14-16 November in the beach city of Kovalam, the occasion will be graced by the Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Oommen Chandy, the Minister for Industries and Information Technology, Shri P K Kunhalikutty, and key leaders from the Centre, state governments, industry and academia.
A confluence of four different tracks dedicated to Governance, Financial Inclusion, Education and Health, the eINDIA Summit will present the participants with a unique opportunity to share their experiences and ideas in their respective domains, as also brainstorm over how to exploit best the ICT potential to the advantage of end-users – citizens.
We take this opportunity to thank the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Hon’ble Minister for Industries and IT, and the numerous officials and staff members of the Government of Kerala for extending their warmth and cooperation, which made this annual mega event happen in their state. Let’s hope that we return from here with a vow to embrace and apply ICT in the most effective way to make the life of citizens safer, easier.
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