BJP has laid out a grand vision for transforming India and empowering Bharat using the power of information technology (IT)
Highlights of IT Vision document
Recently Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came up with its 30 page IT vision document. It announced the creation of 12 million IT-enabled jobs for rural India; providing laptops to 10 million students at INR 10,000 a piece (the company which bags this order needs to have its production unit in India); immediate implementation of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP); protection of domestic hardware manufacturers against imports and promotion of usage of open source software. Heads of at least 10 top IT companies were consulted before finalising the document according to the sources.
BJP has laid out a grand vision for transforming India and empowering Bharat using the power of information technology (IT). Unveiling the BJP’s IT Vision document, the National Democratic Alliance’s prime ministerial candidate Shri LK Advani said, “A future NDA Government, if elected to office in the coming parliamentary elections, would give high priority to the realisation of this vision, which would help India overcome the current economic crisis; create productive employment opportunities on a large scale; accelerate human development through vastly improved and expanded education and healthcare services; check corruption; and make India’s national security more robust.”
The BJP also used the occasion to launch its revamped website, http://www.bjp.org/. It was launched by Party President Shri Rajnath Singh. Way back in 1997, BJP became the first political party in India to have its own website. The new website will be used creatively to support BJP’s campaign for the elections to the 15th Lok Sabha. An important tool on the site is the Google-powered internal search engine. Another important feature is Google’s Feedburner-based ‘Alert’ system whereby anyone who submits his/her email ID on the site would get an automatic email-alert anytime a new press release is uploaded.
Commenting on this development, Shri Shailesh Rao, Managing Director of Google India, said, “We are impressed with the innovative way in which the BJP has shown commitment to the Internet and realised its potential power in better connecting with their constituency”.
BJP has also embraced the path of information highway to have a edge during the period of general elections . BJP is implementing Wi-Fi connectivity in all its headquarters plus nationwide IP video telephony and unified messaging networks. Video telephony and seamless integration of fax, voice mail, and email would also enable BJP leaders to send instructions to remote offices and take updates from remote offices at a press of a button.
Similarly, an extensive SMS-based communications network will be in place soon as a result mass messaging will help in sharing of information and updates to all part members at one go. The BJP is all geared up to explore and experiment innovative technology in telecommunication,” says Prodyut Bora, national convenor of BJP’s IT Cell. “Since most politicians are not IT savvy,” Bora says, “the idea is to have a system that is easy to operate”. Now it is the time to wait and watch and see the future course of action. Time will only tell how helpful has ICT been in its election campaign. One also, needs to look out for how many promises made in the IT vision are fulfilled. Of course!all that depends on the results of general elections because implementation of the IT vision can only be implemented if BJP comes into power.