Editorial

Sunrise @ Amaravati

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Ravi Gupta Ravi.Gupta@elets.in

Ravi Gupta

The people of Andhra Pradesh might have given away Cyberabad as an elder brotherly gesture to the burgeoning state of Telangana — so tastefully done by their inspiring leader Nara Chandra Babu Naidu, now they have taken upon themselves the building up of India’s first green field Smart City in Amaravati.

Always ahead on the frontiers of Science, Technology and Engineering, the Andhras are scripting the rules of engagement in the digital age. This issue is dedicated to this very shining and serving spirit of the erstwhile land of Satavahanas.

In this special issue of the magazine, Shri Palle Raghunatha Reddy, the Hon’ble Information Technology Minister of the State, lays bare their course(s) of action to make Andhra Pradesh one among the top three states in the country by 2022, No. 1 state in India by 2029 and No. 1 state in the world by 2050.

Also, J Satyanarayana, IT Adviser to the State Government, GS Phani Kishore, Special Secretary – Information Technology, and Ratnakar Jauhari, the ever-persistent and reaffirming Chief Executive of the eGovernance Authority of the Government of Andhra Pradesh explain in greater detail about the vision of using eGovernance as a key instrument of the state policy for a well-rounded growth. The ace team of tech-friendly officials of Andhra have always set the benchmark for others to follow.

In recognition of their efforts, Government of Andhra Pradesh along with Elets Technomedia is organising “eGov Symposium – Andhra Pradesh” in the holy city of Tirupati on January 29. Government officials and policymakers from the State and beyond, and the stakeholders associated with eGovernance and technology domains would gather at the Symposium to share their experiences and suggest the way forward.

Being convened under the spiritual auspices of Lord of Inordinate Resplendence, in all likelihood, the platform would emerge as a trendsetter in further catapulting the emergence of India as a digital society.

Apart from the story of making of the ‘sunrise state’, our team also interacted with Ram Sewak Sharma, the TRAI Chairman and a mission man by all counts, who took his time out to speak at length about his priorities and vision as someone heading the telecom regulatory body.

The silent transformation and change, which the entire deck of technological deployments is bringing about across the nook and cranny of Indian landmass, somewhere vindicates the raison d’être of embarking upon ‘mission eGov’ by the magazine, over a decade back.

We hope to carry forward this audacious journey with you—our readers and contributors— who have made it possible thus far.

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