egov 5 Politicians: May2009

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We grow great by dreams. This is the section where we are presenting the people who not only are dreamers, but also come with visions that count- the ‘politicans’ who have shown their ability to forsee the future. We present the five politicians presented in this section are the few amongst others, who showed the way for everyone to make a difference, to make a committment to leave the world better than we find it, and to take forward the legacy of governance that they triggered with their vision.

Jawaharlal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru was one of the few Indian statesmen at the time of independence who understood the need of proper intellectual development of the Indian populace in order to run the nascent Indian state. Nehru stressed on teaching of science and its practical application fields. He took cognizance of the need of learning vocational science. Special focus was put on the development of technology. The famed Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) were conceived and established during his Prime Ministership. The establishment of such learning centres also indirectly contributed to the emergence of the Indian Republic as a software major and the back office of the world.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

As a first step towards promoting IT, A.B. Vajpayee, during his Prime Ministership, set up the National Task Force on IT and Software Development in May 1998. He established the Ministry of Information Technology to put weight of official government policy squarely behind the information strategy. Almost all the state governments in India had established IT departments and instituted IT policies, especially an overarching phenomenon of this phase of late 1990s, which coincides with the time when  A. B. Vajpayee was the Prime Minister of India. The seeds of NeGP were also sown in his tenure.

Rajiv Gandhi

Rajiv’s big thrusts were in the telecom and IT sectors which came with the launch of various initiatives in what came to be known as the “mission mode”. In 1986, Rajiv Gandhi announced a “national education policy” to modernise and expand higher education programmes across India.

During the five years that he was Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi took many initiatives, which are coming to fruition now and placing the country ahead in the world in many spheres. PCO revolution was his brain child. Rajiv had also backed to the hilt the strengthening of the National Informatics Centre.

Chandrababu Naidu

Call him IT Naidu or even the former CEO of Andhra Pradesh, the fact remains that he ushered in the IT revolution in Andhra Pradesh and laid the foundation of a management-centric governance. He modernised administration by computerising a number of government operations and took initiatives for the convenience of public like eSeva. Moreover a new era in rural empowerment, through ‘Cyber Gramin’, aimed at providing IT benefits to rural people, was also launched in Naidu’s tenure. On the rural front he launched schemes like ‘Janmabhoomi’ (Motherland). During his period, the state of Andhra Pradesh became the leading ICT related investment destination in the country through his reformist policies.

Narendra ModiModi has taken many initiatives like evening courts, interlinking of rivers, jyotigram, and grievance redressal through SWAGAT online. Under his tenure Gujarat has become one of the few states to witness the successful implementation of key e-Governance projects like SWAN, SDC and CSC.  CSCs have been implemented almost ninty percent and e-Panchayats are in its advanced stages of progress. Even the availability of basic infrastructure like electricity, absolutely essential for the execution of the e-Governance projects has been ensured in rural areas as well by Modi. In Modi’s leadership, Gujarat has made quantum jump in ICT implentation for G2G and G2C services.

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