Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Digital India initiative at an event in Delhi on 1st July 2015. This is one of the most visionary policies of Modi Government, which has the potential to transform India’s governance and development and take it to the next level.
The Digital India programme aims to make all citizens digitally literate and bring internet and e-governance to all sections of the society. The vision of Digital India programme also aims at inclusive growth in areas of electronic services, products, manufacturing and job opportunities etc. The programme has already attracted investments worth Rs 4.5 lakh crore from private sector and it is expected to create 18 lakh jobs. Essentially, E-governance is going to change into m-governance or mobile governance, thereby include large number of mobile owning population
The vision statements of the PM for the programme speaks of the profound impact they can make. The statements include, “I dream of a digital India where high speed digital highways unite the nation. I dream of a digital India where government is open and governance is transparent,” and “I dream of a Digital India where 1.2 billion connected Indians drive innovation. I dream of a Digital India where the world looks to India for the next innovation. I dream of a Digital India where ICT enabled citizen-government interface is incorruptible,”
Corruption Control being one of the goals of the PM, Digital India programme has huge possibility of supporting the cause . Even, Digital Locker, the component of Digital India, has huge benefits, where, the citizens will be able to store digital copies of all their important documents and which can be used for easy download and be submitted the same for verification with the click of a button.
We expect that the programme is implemented with all sincerity to encash all its potential. However, my apprehension is about the speed and quality of implementation by the same system of governance, which is in place since independence, only with incremental changes. The kind of vision being injected in to governance by the visionary PM, as a political leader , need to be supported by a compatible work culture led by team of visionary team of leaders in the bureaucracy. The PM need to develop and nurture such a team to ensure his vision being converted in to action on the ground.
In this July 15, issue our cover story is on RICOH, a Japanese MNC in IT products and services segment with a unique business model, where sustainability is a part of its DNA. We selected RICOH with an objective of sharing with our readers about the business potentials of the sustainability oriented products and services. This case of RICOH is expected to inspire many IT ad Non-IT companies about similar possibilities.
In addition, this issue covers the interview of Mr. Lov Verma, Secretary, Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India. who shares his vision for the Disability Sector and possible corporate engagement. Under CSR Professional of the Month, we have Mr. Arun Jain, Group General Manager/ Corporate Coordination, RailTel Corporation of India Ltd. We have covered a passionate social worker and businessman, Mr. Virander Mohan, who is setting up a web portal to mobilise ISR (Individual Social Responsibility) among people from various sections of India.
In addition, we have covered the speech of Dr. U.D.Choubey, Director General, SCOPE (Standing Conference on Public Enterprises) at ILO, Geneva in June 2015.
As usual , this issue covers news and events covering international and national arena.
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