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Focus on e-literacy: Goa CM at Express Technology Sabha

Theme for 16th edition of Tech Sabha is 'e-Services to e-Participation: Towards Transparent Governance.

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar addressed the 16th edition of India’s leading forum on e-governance — the Express Technology Sabha — here on Thursday.

He was speaking to over 100 senior decision-makers across several states and government departments like Indian Railways, the department of electronics & information technology, National Informatics Centre, CIDCO, Karnataka Police among others.

“For e-governance to succeed, people should be e-literate and not illiterate. What is more, e-governance is something that happens over a period of time and cannot be done in one shot. Having said that, we have a lot of the basic infrastructure and connectivity in place and are ready to take it to the next level,” Parrikar said, adding that the larger challenge is changing people’s mindsets.

Talking about e-governance initiatives in Goa, Parrikar said that the state is 100 per cent broadband compliant. He shared the success story of the e-payment processes and the establishment of Mahiti Ghar — information kiosks across the panchayats in the states.

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The theme for the 16th edition, which will go on till June 14, is “e-Services to e-Participation: Towards Transparent Governance.

In his opening note, Anant Goenka, Wholetime Director & Head – New Media, The Indian Express Ltd, said, “For over 80 years, the Express Group has fought for transparent governance. Express Technology Sabha was started with a belief that digitising government will create a participatory environment in India and we must do our part to encourage and facilitate effective and inclusive governance.”

Some of the sessions at the Sabha include: Transforming Governance through Social Media, Open Data Initiative of the Government of India, Challenges and the Way forward for the Government Cloud, and Developing Trust in e-Governance through Security, among others.
At the event, Goenka commissioned India’s first-of-its-kind e-governance report to be put out in collaboration with knowledge partners PricewaterhouseCoopers at the next Tech Sabha in February, 2015. A special edition of Express Computer and a redesigned web and mobile site expresscomputeronline.com were also launched by Parrikar.

First published on: 13-06-2014 at 01:15 IST
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