E-governance shaping the future of India – Manish Sharma, CEO and President, Panasonic, India

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The boom in technology has broken the power of conventional communication methods, making the data as the new oil in the entire digital universe that’s surrounding us. Technology has become the new home which serves the information and new experiences in form of data. In the present scenario, Information innovation has added the driving force to the services provided by the government.

There is immense potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in supporting the good governance in developing countries, especially like India. E-governance has made the Indian governance more efficient by contributing in improving government processes, connecting citizens and building external interactions. Indian government has been using IT for more than 45 years now.

The gradual shift from IT to ICT is allowing the simply automotive government to connect with the larger community in the form of e-citizens, e-services and e-society. Among 193 countries surveyed by the UN’s E–Government Development Index in 2016, India ranks 107th. Now what does this ranking signifies? India needs to break information silos and create shareable resources for all Government entities.

Most essentially it is vital to have a solid security framework with a specific end goal to work easily. In order to tap the opportunity ushering from the demand for security solutions by government associations, Japanese consumer durable major Panasonic has created innovation answers for different city surveillance ventures. The organization as of late displayed its advances running from city observation, rough scratch pad, video entryway telephones, phones and PBX. The purpose of this display was to acquaint people with the benefits of connected solutions under the umbrella of e- governance. For the convenience of the government, the company have helped Noida police to install tough pads in their cars to keep them updated on real-time basis and provide a seamless connectivity with the control room apart from tracking the location of the PCR vans.

E-Government is perceived universally as an empowering agent toward accomplishing great administration, diminishing cost of operations for the administration, and expanding the capacity of natives and organizations to get to open benefits in a viable and cost productive way.

Amidst the drastic changes happening in the technological landscape, there are certain obstacles which are refraining the country’s digitalisation process such as:

Infrastructure Design: Disconnected technology structure like power, web, innovation and methods for interchanges will influence the speed which delays the usage.

E-readiness: There needs to be enough acquaintance for the benefits of E-Governance among mass audience. The right audience needs right information about the ecosystem which is surrounding them now.

Accessibility: E-governance service should be accessible for anybody from anywhere at any time. Even, if internet population is growing exponentially, there is a very big portion of the population who may not able to access e-governance for various reasons.

Cost: Cost of broadband needs to come down to enable a common man to access internet and contribute to the e governance prevailing within the country.

Despite the fact that the fruitful usage of e-Government project is a testing assignment in India, there is a change, a transition that cannot be stopped since it is part of a global movement which brings tremendous opportunity to the country. E-Governance upgrades the connections between G2G, G2C, G2B, C2G and B2G utilizing ICT. Therefore, E-Governance not just gives data about different exercises of a Government yet in addition includes natives to take an interest in government’s basic decision making process and bring scope in the coming time.

There should be focus on proactively pursuing practical policies in the country designed to leapfrog the rest of world. To this end, the Indian government needs to embrace innovative and nascent technologies that not only improve the lives of its citizens, but also compels the government to be better in the long-term. 

India has always been flexible to the winds of change which has accepted global firms to function in Indian market leading to exchange and build-up of new ideas and technological advancements. With the advent of IoT, smart factory connected solutions, India is not only becoming a country with best technologies but also contributing to the country’s economic growth by upgrading the employment opportunities.

Authored by: Manish Sharma, CEO and President, Panasonic, India  

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