An Uphill Task

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

An the present age of Information and Communications Technology, connectivity plays a key role in every sphere of life; more so, if it is about governance and delivery of citizen-centric services. Both the Central Government and the States are working overtime to disseminate information and make delivery of services using technology at the people’s doorstep.

But, even as some states have already made substantial gains in their efforts to ensure efficient delivery of services, with transparency and accountability, some others have not been able to hit that success owing to their geographical conditions. And, the State of Uttarakhand is one of those states, where growth and expansion of technology in difficult hilly terrains has been a truly herculean task.

The Government of Uttarakhand, however, seems determined to overcome the challenges coming in the way of establishing better communication network not just to make lives of the people easier, but also to get a larger number of tourists. The need for a stronger communication mechanism was felt most during the ravaging floods of 2013, when people remain stuck in far-flung areas of the State, totally cut off from the rest of the world.

Another factor backing the government’s determination to strengthen the ICT infrastructure is its keenness to attract IT investment as well as other industries to Uttarakhand. This could also lead to generation of large-scale employment opportunities in a state, which has been primarily dependent on the Tourism business.

In addition to it, a stronger ICT infrastructure will also lead to improved delivery of services to the people in areas difficult to access. Mobility, in this context, can play a crucial role on account of its deeper penetration in the remote areas.

In recognition of the unfailing commitment of the Uttarakhand Government towards technological empowerment of the state, Elets Technomedia, in association with the Government of Uttarakhand, is organising ‘e-Uttarakhand 2015’ in Dehradun on 27th June 2015.

The primary objective of the event is to develop strategies for rapid development of IT industry in the state and better eGovernance services. The occasion will see thought leaders, visionaries, policy makers and implementation specialists come together on one platform to discuss, debate and propose the future course for the state. Besides, the stakeholders will also try to suggest the way forward for the state to transform itself into a manufacturing hub for electronic goods.

This issue of eGov magazine, dedicated to the cause of the ‘Land of Gods’, will be released at the inaugural ceremony of e-Uttarakhand event at the hands of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of the State, Shri Harish Rawat.

See you there!

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