Overcoming the challenges of large population size and huge geographical expanse, Uttar Pradesh has been moving firmly on the path of e-Governance, and also giving due thrust to electronics manufacturing in the State. In recognition of the excellent work done by the State Government, Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd, in association with the Department of IT & Electronics, Government of Uttar Pradesh, organised the 2nd e-UttarPradesh Summit, one of the largest and most prestigious IT events, on 27th January 2015, in the historic city of Lucknow.
Here we reproduce snapshots of the speeches of various dignitaries and stakeholders.
Shri Akhilesh Yadav Hon’ble Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh
The success of central government schemes like ‘Make in India’ is not possible without the active participation of states. Uttar Pradesh is always committed to actively participate in any scheme of the central government for public well being. At a recently held Chief Ministers’ meet in Delhi, I came to know that UP has opened the maximum number of accounts under PMJDY (Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana) and also maintained the record of opening maximum number of bank branches. In fact, UP is quite ahead in agricultural production and making efforts to surge in the areas of industry and infrastructure.
In the area of infrastructure, Lucknow-Agra-Noida Expressway is the biggest expressway of its type in India. All the major companies of the world have offices in Noida and Greater Noida. We have helped Samsung to grow 360 degree in Uttar Pradesh. The development of IT parks in Lucknow and other cities is underway with the help and assistance of central and state governments.
The State has great demographic dividend in the form of its population, so 40 lakh youth will be trained under the Skill Development Mission of Uttar Pradesh. The development of manufacturing industry in the State will lead to development of other sectors as well.
Jiwesh Nandan Principal Secretary, Department of IT & Electronics, Government of Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh has become an important player among the Indian states in the IT and Electronics sector. According to the vision of the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Akhilesh Yadav, we have tried to reach places in the interiors of the State to make those IT enabled. Proliferation of IT to common citizens that started on 10th August 2012 has reached a stage where 3 crore 70th lakh certificate is set to be given to the recipient by the Chief Minister. The scheme has generated huge job opportunities in the State in the form of CSCs and Lokvani Kendras for every six villages. There are now a total of 18,000 CSCs operating in the State.
Ashok Chandak Chairman, Indian Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA)
The Indian Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) is a body with 250 member companies and more than 20 lakh engineering professionals working locally as well as globally for product development. Electronics can change India, that was the vision we started with and we are witnessing that electronics is impacting every sphere of life. Of the $90-billion electronics market in India, $65-billion products are imported and the rest are locally made. This industry is expected to reach $400 billon and create 2.5 crore additional jobs in the market. In response to the ‘Made in India’ call from the PMO, the efforts made and sincerity shown by UP is really laudable.
Pankaj Mohindroo National President, Indian Cellular Association (ICA)
The National Policy on Electronics is hard work of three years. Many of my colleagues in the UP IT & Electronics Department and DeitY at the Centre have made huge contribution to formulation of this policy. It is the last mile that has to be covered. Work on the UP policy has proceeded in a very consultative manner in coordination with Mr Jiwesh Nandan. Things are well established and platform is ready to launch mega programme of Electronics and IT industry development in Uttar Pradesh. However, 24×7 quality power and proper implementation and follow-ups of MoUs is very necessary to carry out Electronics industry development.
Dilip Modi Chairman, Spice Mobility,
One of the most popular electronic commodities in present time in India is mobile phone. In India, around 30 crore mobiles are sold every year and most of them are manufactured in China. With labour costs rising in China, about 15 crore mobile phones can be constructed in India, especially, in the state of Uttar Pradesh that has the largest number of mobile phone users. Similar to ‘Make in India’ programme of the central government, ‘Make in UP’ programme should be introduced. Under the leadership of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, two schemes of Kushal Vikas Mission and Employment to Youth providing a basic environment could help in developing a mobile manufacturing hub in India. Shenzhen, one of the richest cities of China has emerged from a village to a mega city in a span of 30 years. In similar fashion, the city of Noida can be developed under the leadership of the Chief Minister with a 30-year long vision.
Hyun Chil Hong President and CEO, South East Asia, Samsung India Electronics
Uttar Pradesh is a very important State for Samsung. The company has its manufacturing unit and research centers in Noida. Currently, 11,000 Samsung employees are working in UP and we are also looking forward to create better job opportunities in the State. The Noida facility of the Samsung is one of the best facilities, globally, for electronic goods manufacturing. Samsung is also the largest private tax payer to the UP Government. We are looking forward to cementing this relationship between UP and Samsung further more.
H.E. Joon-gyu Lee Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Korea
It is a pleasing experience for me to be here in Lucknow, as I have an ancestral background from my mother’s side from UP belonging to Ayodhaya. As I understand, this event is organised by the UP Government to establish the state with a competitive edge. It is investor friendly and with the best infrastructure for development of IT and Electronics industry. Korea already has a presence in the State in form of companies as Samsung and others. India is a favorite destination of investors across the globe, who think it to be the right spot for business growth, when the world economy is facing recession. Every country is trying to have better relations with the Indian Government and progressive states as UP. The State of UP has facilitated Samsung’s second wave of expansion.
Rita Teaotia Special Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India
Uttar Pradesh has a potential of robust growth. eUP Summit is the right opportunity to ponder and discuss the immense scope of UP in the coming times. However, for the growth of both ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’ schemes, infrastructure is an important area to work around, and it is a thrust area for the State of UP also to move ahead. A clear policy is also required in order to avoid the delay in laying down IT infrastructure, otherwise it escalates costs. In building construction by-laws and municipal bodies’ laws, the provision for basic IT infrastructure is mandatory.
R S Sharma Secretary, DeitY, Ministry of Communications & IT, Government of India
The central government is ready to offer all support to the Government of UP to develop the IT and Electronics industry in the State. According to the current statistics, the total consumption of electronics items in our country costs around $100 billion that works out to approximately `6 lakh crore, annually. However, domestic manufacturing of electronics goods is approximately of $30 billion, of which only 10 per cent we do in the form of value addition. This way, we produce only 15 per cent in India and the rest is imported. As the consumption of electronics item is on the rise in India, it is estimated that by 2020, the total consumption of Electronics goods in India will see a fourfold increase in consumption. If we don’t make efforts to improve the quantity and quality of electronics manufacturing in India, our import of electronics goods will surpass our oil import.
Alok Ranjan Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh
I am happy to see that this e-initiative under the leadership of Honourable Chief Minister, Shri Akhilesh Yadav, has been attended by such a huge gathering comprising a large number of eminent guests like you. The Chief Minister had envisaged that economic growth of UP cannot be achieved without industrial growth of the State. This industrial growth will lead to a rise in the economic status of the people of the State as well as enhance per capita income of the people. However, to develop a congenial environment for growth, we are working day and night and investing lavishly in infrastructure, IT and Electronics.
Smart Cities: Enabling Growth, Changing Trends Khwaja Saifuddin Senior Sales Director – South Asia, Middle East & Africa, Western Digital We are
Shekhar Agarwal Senior Vice President, Vodafone In the next two decades, 70 per cent population of India would be living in cities, thus increasing the pressure on already overcrowded cities. This will lead to complete breakdown of essential resources as water, electricity, etc. By 2020, India would be requiring 500 more cities to accommodate the migration happening from rural to urban areas. The building block of future cities would be parking, travel, ticketing, tourism, maintenance, quality of air, digital signage, sensors, CCTV camera, etc.
Different experts give different names to a city. A Greenfield city is built from a scratch, while a Brownfield city like Jaipur requires development retaining to keep its flavor intact, whereas Whitefield cities like Gurgaon have potential to grow immensely. The Whitefield city approach is more suitable to Indian conditions where ICT-enabled solutions help cities run smoothly. ICT will reduce consumption cost and let cities deliver the resourceful G2B and G2C services. Vodafone helps smart cities run in sustainable manner in several ways. The ‘Digital India’ campaign is an effort on the part of the government to communicate with citizens. Vodafone helps government and civic agencies to plan, monitor and execute smart cities through its solution support. Senior Vice President, Vodafone
In the next two decades, 70 per cent population of India would be living in cities, thus increasing the pressure on already overcrowded cities. This will lead to complete breakdown of essential resources as water, electricity, etc. By 2020, India would be requiring 500 more cities to accommodate the migration happening from rural to urban areas. The building block of future cities would be parking, travel, ticketing, tourism, maintenance, quality of air, digital signage, sensors, CCTV camera, etc. Different experts give different names to a city. A Greenfield city is built from a scratch, while a Brownfield city like Jaipur requires development retaining to keep its flavor intact, whereas Whitefield cities like Gurgaon have potential to grow immensely. The Whitefield city approach is more suitable to Indian conditions where ICT-enabled solutions help cities run smoothly. ICT will reduce consumption cost and let cities deliver the resourceful G2B and G2C services. Vodafone helps smart cities run in sustainable manner in several ways. The ‘Digital India’ campaign is an effort on the part of the government to communicate with citizens. Vodafone helps government and civic agencies to plan, monitor and execute smart cities through its solution support.
Rama Raman CEO, Noida Development Authority
The importance of the smart cities can be understood from the fact that 30 per cent population of the country living in cities generates 60 per cent output. As the pace of urbanisation is quite fast, this is the right time to plan cities of the future. The primary objective of the smart city of the future should be to provide a sustainable living environment without worrying for amenities like water, electricity, sanitation, transport, etc. Considering the above discussed factors for living in a city, a smart city, however, should have a competitive edge, sustainability and capital.
Khwaja Saifuddin Senior Sales Director – South Asia, Middle East & Africa, Western Digital
We are a $38-billion company based out of the US. Our head office is located in Irvine, US and manufacturing units in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. We are present in people’s daily life. Half the world’s total data created, whether in personal space or professional space, is stored in WD devices. Smart city is the city, where digital technology is embedded in every functionality of the city. A smart city generally contains smart governance, energy, building, mobility, infrastructure, technology, healthcare and a smart citizen. In smart cities, a smart citizen will use intelligent apps on his smartphone, and the smartphone data will be parked on enterprise data storage facilities.
Neeraj Gill Group Director, Microsoft India
The basic idea of smart cities can be understood from the fact that all of the world cities are situated on only 2 per cent of the total land mass available, but uses 80 per cent of the Earth’s energy. However, with the rapidly increasing urban population, estimated to be 60 per cent of total world population within next five years, the pressure on cities whether Green or Brown field has increased immensely. However, in a smart city, ICT-enabled solutions can make the cities smarter through Cloud-based solutions and help cut down a portion of the increasing trouble for cities.
City planners should look forward to people-centric approach while using the cloud. In smart cities, cloud is a necessity, as it offers viable financial option for developing a smart city. For the purpose of delivery of services, public as well as hybrid cloud can be used. Microsoft, as a service provider, is developing a good number of data centers in India and investing in cloud. Smart city planners can take advantage of the Microsoft data centre services.
Naval Khosla Technology Leader, Industry Solutions (Smart Cities), IBM
IBM has engagement in more than 2,500 cities, where it has offered services and solutions for integrated services platforms. Chip and devices integration with network has raised levels of instrumentation. However, the introduction of intelligence into devices to bring a feel and look of a smarter city is a matter of optimum importance to the idea and concept of smarter city. IBM is working to that end. It has an idea and proposal for the sort of command and control system that could take care of inter-connected activities in the city and respond promptly to any problem rising in a specific area and offer solutions promptly. Traffic predication is one of the solutions using analytics, which can predict where the traffic jams could occur, etc. Solutions like this help a city become smarter and lively.
Prashant Choudhary Director, CA Technologies
For the past 10 years, CA Technologies has technology partnership with Uttar Pradesh and offers monitoring services for SWAN and the State Data Center (SDC). It is the mature layer of smart cities that we have discussed over here. As for the sensing layer, it is used for monitoring entire sensors running through the city. As the smart cities will be datadriven, a most feasible communication layer is another way to let the data successfully run through the cities. State Data Centers are one such example that can be used as a model for central command in smart cities to successfully run such cities. Service layer will work as an engagement between government and citizen.
Smart is that area where you take care of people, energy, transport, communication, etc., using IT. If IT is not performing well in a smart city, then any segment like education, utility, transport, waste management and traffic management will not be able to deliver. Another important development occurring in the present scenario of communication setup is moving from the application environment to app environment. Nowadays, most of the services are offered through handheld devices. All the government services including the power utility bill payment and getting other benefits from the government sector can’t be taken care of with properly-managed IT infrastructure for apps.
Transforming Governance Through IT
Arvind Kumar Principal Secretary, Medical Health and Family Welfare Department, Govt of Uttar Pradesh
The first major changes to the websites of Health Department were aimed at making them more information-rich. The next step of modifications made to the website was to make them accommodative, according to the provisions of RTI. The most recent changes undergoing in the Department’s websites is their modification according to their service delivery models and engagement with various stakeholders engaged with the Health Department. One such example is a website of the Department made according to the PCBNDT Act for registered and unregistered ultrasound centres with proper feedback facility and updated information for public. To bring transparency in distribution and storage of medicines, a transparent online system has been formed with records of medical stores
Anand K Singh Regional Head, Canon India Pvt Ltd
With such an extensive discussion about workflows, processes and systems, India is one of the largest analogue countries. Anonymous information data and content is lying in rural areas, offices and godowns in hard form. We need to convert that data and content into digital format to be used in processes and workflows. Canon is helping government utilise that by converting them into digital format.
Rajeev Magotra Head-BMT, RICOH India Limited, Some of the major projects which are underway through our participation are eDistrict projects and the Department of Postal & Telecommunication modernisation project across the country. Under the modernisation drive, such machines are being put to use, which would integrate PMJDY and other banking and financial services. Then these would be offered to the community at large. We have also participated actively in the UID programme, and in Uttar Pradesh, we are doing enrolment in many districts. We are working as a UID seeding agency as well.
Partha Sarthi Sensharma Secretary to Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh, The efforts of introduction of ICT in the system have been in progress for the last 10 to 15 years, and the initial steps taken were in the field of e-Governance and G2C (Government to Customer) sector. There were Lokvani and Gyandoot centres that were doing reference monitoring of projects. Both were absorbed as the CSC centers by the IT department of the government. For the last two years, the State of Uttar Pradesh has taken lots of initiatives in the area of e-Governance through steps like SWAN, State Data Centers, Business Process Engineering, etc., mainly targeting eDistrict and G2G projects.
Manish Tandon MD, Questa Software Systems Pvt Ltd
Industry biggies like Canon, Microsoft and IBM are principal companies that make solutions. The solutions made by these companies generally get delivered to end customer by business partners like us. As a citizen, I wish to get all my services delivered at a single window. On cloud, where client and server limitation has diminished, the information can be accessed and retrieved on smartphones, iPads, etc. However, as an MSME, we expect from government a single window for services under e-Governance model as well as exemption from dual taxation in the form of product price as well as service tax.
SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytic and Cloud) IT & Beyond
Ramendra Verma Partner, KPMG
Social Media has impacted in recent time both dissemination and retrieving of information. According to Moor’s law, the intelligence of machines is increasing for the last three decades, when processing speed revision takes place every 18 months. Common people and businesses are also adopting technologies on a faster pace. For the government, it means citizen with better network and accessibility, though government structures are still traditional and rigid. To sort out the situation where the citizen has more free participation in free information, the government needs to make its processes more citizen-centric rather than department-centric.
Deepak Khosla President, APAC, NIIT Technologies Ltd
An average user spends around 25 percent of time daily on the Internet, Facebook, Google and other such social media platforms. SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytic and Cloud) plays a crucial role in this regard. Most of things are these days managed through the Internet of Things (IoT). Now, 40 per cent of the railway booking is done through the Internet and for flight tickets, it has reached the level of 90 per cent. Ticket booking has developed into a self-service driven automated platform. Things are moving and counting on an outcome basis where the payment is made for results only. Most of the services in future would be used by the 40 per cent of population that is below 30 years of age.
Pranay Gupta Co-Founder, 91, Springboard
SMAC is the way to ensure that technology is being used attentively and effectively, and startups are making the most of it. Now, smartphones are no more a second screen, as they are elaborately and extensively used for activities like data collection, sharing and even, to some extent, making immediate presentations for business meets. One such example is crowd sourcing and using data on a single SaaS-based Windows platform on the cloud to maintain inventory for small retailers across the big e-Commerce platforms like Amazon, Snapdeal, Flipkart, etc. Another example of cloud use by startups are the business solutions offering real-time reporting of a tweet. A recent survey has revealed that customer care centers now pay a prompt attention to tweets instead of e-mails and phone calls.
The constant need of innovation to frequently introduce new products is leading to the ‘process of entrepreneurship’ on regular basis in India. The process of entrepreneurship leading to growth of startups occurs from coming together of many players. The government is one big player in this ecosystem and plays the role of an enabler. The role of government moves around bringing about flexible regulatory and policy framework for startups to grow. The second important aspect is coming together of players like corporate, education sector and investors to innovate new products and services. And, the third is the educated population with lots of confidence that we have already in abundance in our country.
Vivek Reddy CEO, Geostat
We are into mobile application development for the last two-three years, which started with application of a government project where we were given the responsibility to geo-tag the beneficiaries of Telangana housing project on Google Map with images and details, so that a beneficiary already in possession of a property does not apply for another. This objective was achieved by using the smartphone platform in the time span of one-and-a-half months. This way, use of social media and mobile can be used for a variety of purposes and utility integrated with social media