India is en-route to transformation and the significant steps taken by the Centre are evident in the growth and development of the nation. To brainstorm and bring in light the course of development in India, Elets Technomedia organised a three-day India Transformation Summit from July 10 to July 12.
The summit saw a participation of esteemed government and industry speakers putting forth their views on India’s transformation. Trailing the path of development, India has not only ramped up its IT and technology infrastructure, e-governance but also took initiatives to improve the ease of doing business and came up with a huge bunch of policies aiding business owners, especially the MSME sector. With better e-governance and digital infra in place, the country has successfully sailed through the tough COVID-19 crisis.
Addressing one of the technical sessions themed – ‘Using IT and E-Governance for Transforming India’, SVR Srinivas, Principal Secretary, Department of Information Technology (IT) & Chairman, MahaIT Corporation Limited, Government of Maharashtra talking about how Maharashtra government is contributing towards India’s growth.
Mr Srinivas said, “Government of Maharashtra is doing a lot of things to strengthen India’s technology infrastructure. We are establishing an IT backbone named as Maha Net. The project is being carried through Bharat Net and is expected to be up and running in the coming six months.” The network will connect all the village panchayats with IT to ensure the service delivery, he added.
Adding on he said, “We are in talks with the telecom secretary for the release of funds. We have already spent as much as Rs 1200 crore for the project in one and half year and about 1200 gram panchayats have been connected.” The remaining is expected to be completed in six to eight months, he added. Further, “We are probably the first state to come up with a proper cloud management policy for public cloud platforms”, told Mr Srinivas. For cybersecurity, we came up with the hybrid cybersecurity model which was launched by the present Chief Minister of the State and is operational now, the Principal Secretary IT added.
Speaking on the implementation of the e-governance initiatives, Mr Srinivas mentioned, “We have rolled out CSC and through that, we are running about almost 400 services which we are delivering online… Moreover, another important project is the Data Interoperability Project and Data Standardisation project. We need data standardisation as without that it is not possible to come out with decision support systems… We operate in silos whether government or private firms. We have our data in different languages and pieces. Unless the data is communicative and shared the decisions can be delayed and even wrong decisions can be taken. So we need to have standardised data so that the data can be used for all government departments as and when required.” Within the India Framework, another big project we are doing, all the data will be interoperable and standardised, he added.