Anu Kumari

Kerala is the first state to become a fully e-governed state. Technology is at the forefront of delivering public services to citizens in the state for any department or institution. The state government has been giving a lot of primacy to technologies to drive eGovernance in the state.

The journey towards digital literacy began with the announcement of Pullampara Grama Panchayat as the first digitally literate gram panchayat in the country back in 2021. This initial step has paved the way for broader initiatives aimed at making the entire state digitally literate. The objective is to ensure that all citizens possess the basic knowledge required to access government services through digital platforms, thereby advancing e-governance initiatives comprehensively.

Under the purview of the Electronics and IT Department, Kerala has achieved notable milestones. The implementation of e-office across all government offices, including PSUs and various departmental offices, has ushered in a new era of transparency and accessibility. These offices have streamlined processes by going paperless, making services more efficient for the citizens.

Kerala’s commitment to innovation is further exemplified by the establishment of the country’s first Digital Life Sciences Park. This park is a hub for ICT-based postgraduate courses and facilitates collaboration among universities, industries, and the government. Moreover, Kerala boasts a thriving startup ecosystem, with the Kerala Startup Mission incubating approximately 5,000 startups. This underscores the state’s dedication to digital transformation and its role as a frontrunner in fostering innovation.

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The government of Kerala recognizes the importance of collaboration and knowledge sharing in driving digital governance forward. It acknowledges that reinventing the wheel is counterproductive and emphasizes the need to learn from existing solutions and best practices. In this regard, initiatives like the conference organized by Elets Technomedia in collaboration with the Kerala government play a pivotal role. Such platforms facilitate dialogue, exchange of ideas, and learning from each other’s experiences, catalyzing digital governance practices’ evolution.

As dignitaries gather at such events, there is a shared commitment to actively engage in discussions and derive actionable insights that can be implemented in their respective organizations. The goal is to harness the potential of digital governance, transform existing systems, and enhance service delivery for the benefit of the citizens.

Kerala’s journey towards becoming a digital state is characterized by a holistic approach encompassing digital literacy, technological innovation, and collaborative governance. By embracing technology and fostering a culture of innovation, Kerala sets a compelling example for other states and organizations to follow. As the state continues on this trajectory, it reaffirms its position as a pioneer in the realm of digital governance, driving positive change and progress for its citizens.

Views expressed by: Anu Kumari, IAS, Director, Kerala State IT Mission at the recently concluded ‘12th eGov Knowledge Exchange Summit’ on 19-20 October 2023 at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.


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