Technology for transformation
I am happy that the elets eIndia conference is taking place in Mumbai — the financial capital of the country. I believe Maharashtra is the right place to hold such deliberations, because it has the highest IT penetration in the country. There are around 26 million IT users in the State, out of which, 10 million are in suburban areas. I am looking forward to the event to throw up a thorough a strategy, through which we would be able to take this penetration to three-fold in the next five years. I think for any type of governance, three things are essential: transparency, efficiency and inclusiveness, and all these can be achieved through proper use of technology. Given the way role of technology has changed, it’s time to scale up and optimise its use. Years back, a Chief Minister had asked a vital question, “Kya computer anaaj uga sakta hai? (Can computer grow crops?),” and today it’s a reality. The world has seen how using IT as a tool has trebled the productivity. “Agar computer anaaj uga sakta hai, toh computer anaaj ki uthpadan ko teen gunaa badha bhi sakta hai (If computer can help grow crops, it can also increase the productivity by three times).” Technology as a tool can transform our lives.