Visakhapatnam: Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has urged the central government to implement all the IT projects first in Andhra Pradesh which had developed all the required infrastructure for e-governance and was ahead of other States.
Delivering the inaugural address at the 20th national conference on e-Governance here on Monday, he said the State had the right Eco-system for e-governance and was keen on introduction of the latest technologies in the IT sector. “Leveraging technology, I believe, is the only way to improve the quality of the life of the public,” he stated.
The agricultural and the industrial reforms took a very long time in the country to percolate, where as IT, with one stroke, made the world a global village, he pointed out while underscoring the importance of Information Technology.
The Chief Minister also said that his government is encouraging IT sectors by announcing awards to new innovations and breakthroughs. He said even cyber attacks were welcome as they would enable evolving corrective technologies to prevent their recurrence in the future.
Union Minister of State (independent charge) in charge of the north-east region Jitendra Singh said the tools of IT and related technologies should be viewed as a means, and not an end in itself, for bringing about good governance. “It is a fallacy to think that these technologies of themselves will usher in good governance. We should make judicious use of them to achieve the desired objectives,” he said.
Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said digital (cashless) transactions would play a crucial role in the aftermath of demonetisation and therefore e-governance would hold great significance in rooting out corruption and making administration accountable.
Noting that the economic disparities in the country was a whopping 81 per cent, he said that this could not be allowed to go on.
“That is why Prime Minister decided to wage war on corruption and black money,” he said, referring to the drastic step of demonetisation.