Editorial

Goa’s Landscape Transforming with Digital Governance

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Dr Ravi Gupta

Dr Ravi Gupta
Editor-in-Chief, egov magazine
CEO, Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd

Goa, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world is all set to become smarter and digital. Be it the first cashless State of India or one of the finest tourism spots in the world, the land with beautiful picturesque settings with rich legacy of historical and cultural heritage is striving for best for the digital and urban transformation.

And what better place Elets could think of than organising its landmark ‘8th Knowledge Exchange’— India’s premier Summit on digital transformation than Goa. We are proud to organise its 8th edition here.

And, to document the IT & e-governance success story in Goa and across India, we have come up with a special edition of egov, India’s First and Asia & Middle East’s premier magazine on e-governance.

Our cover story “Goa Goes Smart and Digital” explores how an endeavour is being made to develop Goa as a world class livable city.

The issue carries a Special Message for the magazine from Goa Governor Mridula Sinha.

With a focus on Goa as the next IT destination for India, Rohan Ashok Khaunte, Minister of Information Technology, Government of Goa, has shared his views on how this ‘Pearl of the Orient’ is digitally transforming itself.

Among various distinguished officials featuring in this issue are Ashok Kumar, Secretary to the Chief Minister of Goa, Director, Municipal Administration, Chairman, Goa State Urban Development Agency (GSUDA), Ameya Abhyankar, Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Government of Goa, Padma Jaiswal, Secretary, Department of Cooperation, NRI Affairs, Official language, Labour and Employment, and Public Grievance, Government of Goa, Revathi Majumdar, CEO, Goa ELectronics Limited, and Ravi Jha, Director, Department of Information Technology, Goa.

Among other important officials featuring in egov magazine’s latest issue are NK Xaxa, Secretary, Department of Revenue, Government of Chhattisgarh, O P Pal, Additional Commissioner, Department of Transport, Government of Chhattisgarh, Mukesh Bansal, Chief Operating Officer, Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA) and Kumar Keshav, Managing Director, Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation, Kumar Keshav, Managing Director, Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation, and Nitin Bhadauria, Vice Chairman, Haridwar Roorkee Development Authority (HRDA) and Commissioner, Haridwar Municipal Corporation.

We are carrying the Elets’ Nagpur’s Smart and Sustainable Cities Summit report, Nagpur, which throws light on various initiatives, challenges, and advantages related to Smart Cities. It was participated by Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, and Shipping Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

It is hoped our bouquet of special interviews and stories will evoke an invaluable readers’ feedback.

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