eINDIA for Digital India

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Ravi Gupta, Founder Publisher, CEO, and Editor-in-Chief of Elets Techonmedia Pvt. Ltd.

The ‘e’ factor in Governance is adding a whole new dimension to the conventional meaning and scope of governance — in terms of eiciency, efectiveness, transparency, accountability and outreach. It is radically changing the way communications happen between governments, between government and citizens, and between government and businesses.

But all that would remain a mere light of fancy in the absence of political will on the part of the government. hanks to the zeal shown by the incumbent Narendra Modi Government, the concept of e-Governance in India seems to have received the proverbial booster dose.

However, given the inadequacy of IT infrastructure in the country, the path to holistic implementation of e-Governance remains interspersed with challenges. To relect on those challenges and the inherent opportunities, Elets Technomedia invited the wits and wisdom of some of the best minds in India and beyond at its annual forum, eINDIA 2014, from 14th to 16th November.

Convened in the beach city of Kovalam, Kerala, in partnership with the state government, the 10th edition of eINDIA Conference, Exhibition & Awards saw policymakers, stakeholders in the domain, experts and other dignitaries sharing their views and making pragmatic recommendations to pave the path of e-Governance in the country.

Participated by over 400 delegates, the three-day event was graced by two Kerala ministers — Shri P K Kunhalihutty, Minister for Industries and Information Technology, and Shri Ramesh Chennithala, Minister for Home & Vigilance — along with a battery of state government officials.

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Comprising separate tracks on Governance, Health, Education and Financial Inclusion, the eINDIA 2014 made a lot of business sense for the Industry, as the platform ofered them ample opportunity to interact and talk business with the decision-makers in diferent governments. he parallel exhibition within he Leela premises helped the Industry showcase their products and services and emphasise their presence. And, last but not the least, awards were given away to entities in both public and private sector to recognise and honour the outstanding IT-oriented initiatives across India.

In our expression of thanks, we dedicate this issue of eGov magazine to the participating bodies and individuals, our partners and sponsors, and the Government of Kerala, who turned the event into a real mega show.

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