Araga Jnanendra

Contributing over 13 per cent to India’s GDP, the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector and the digital economy are major economic drivers for the country. India aims to master the digital space in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). Explaining this, Araga Jnanendra, Minister for Home Affairs, Government of Karnataka, spoke at the Future Ready Bharat – Digital Governance Summit, Karnataka.

Highlighting India’s growth in the IT sector Araga Jnanendra, Minister for Home Affairs, Government of Karnataka, said that in the recent past, India has emerged as the leader in the areas of information technology and Indian technocrats across the world are being chosen for leadership positions.

“It is not a coincidence that Satya Nadella from India is the CEO of Microsoft, the global leader in the sector,” he said.

Talking about India’s economy, he said, “Thanks to the able leadership of our prime minister, India recently overtook the United Kingdom to become the fifth largest economy in the world and is set to emerge as the third largest in the world by 2029. This is due to the stable leadership and constant growth of our economy, and also due to presenting more opportunities for entrepreneurship in the country.”

Emphasising on digital governance and emerging technologies, the home minister said, “To continue to maintain leadership in the domain, India needs to master the digital space in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), as the two have become new money-making machines.”

“These technologies have the potential to solve business problems, shape customer experience and also build new products and services and optimise cost,” he added.

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Talking about Karnataka’s Police Department, he said, “Our department has immense potential to tap the advantages of the adoption of digital technology for the speedy delivery of services and also in the area of prevention and tracking down of crimes in the society.” The home minister informed that the aggrieved persons can lodge their complaints online and get computerised receipts in all the police stations in the state.

Highlighting the role of digitalisation, the home minister said, “The digitalisation of processes in the police department helps in enhancing efficiency of police personnel and raising the conviction rates.” He also said that keeping evidence and related documents in a safe digital locker eliminates delays in the delivery of justice.

He concluded by saying that the process of producing the undertrials before the courts through video conferences has not only helped in the reduction of costs of presenting prisoners before the courts, but has also ensured safety of the prisoners as well as the general public.


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