7th Governing council meeting of the CII - Tata Communications Centre for Digital Transformation was held on 8th September 2020, over CII virtual platform.
The meeting was graced by the presence of Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Govt. of India. The meeting also witnessed the presence of its members and special invitees and the Indian industry.
In his address, Mr Sawhney, emphasized upon the need for recognizing and utilizing the Indian talent instead of using the tools and products from abroad. He cited the example of “Arogya Setu” app which was built by 15 youngsters, with support from some Govt officials and was tested successfully by IIT Madras, besides other facilities, before it was launched successfully within 3 weeks. It is the fastest app in the world to reach 100 million subscribers; is 155 million today and still going strong. The success was achieved with support from 15 to 20 industry players and we have thousands of such teams in India whose potential needs to be used for the benefit of the country. He stressed on leveraging India’s massive potential by consolidating the software space, which is our strength, and moving towards building Indian products to fulfill the vision of a self-reliant country in every space. He said that the scope is huge as almost every technology company in the world has an R&D Centre in India that designs products & services for markets across the globe. And it is Indian talent which is helping them achieve it.
He appreciated that CII is involved in the Digital Transformation and not an IT or electronics association as it is extremely important for the core industry to be involved. He said that the IT, software & electronics had now moved out of the limited boundary to the ubiquitous digital field applicable across all the sectors and therefore it is very important that CII leads this transformation. He requested members of CII to look at new solutions, product designs, a combination of software & hardware to be produced in India to become a global supplier and stop the large scale imports
Mr Sawhney brought out that in spite of the COVID pandemic digital space is showing green shoots and the government in support had launched the following three new schemes in April this year: -
He also highlighted the initiatives related to Data Governance and mentioned that there are several E-governance projects that have been implemented by state and central govt with the help of Industry in Agriculture, Healthcare eg: disease surveillance systems, etc. There are 200 plus major active projects which have more than 5 crore users or database. Since humongous data is generated out of each of these projects, the Government is currently consolidating in each of the domains and bringing such projects together into National Public Digital platforms. A single unified platform, which provides information for the sector from every part of the country. This would enable effective data flow along with effective deployment of AI and other technologies which would enable value addition to the sector.
The government had earlier come up with platforms like Aadhaar, UPI in digital payments, GEM in creating a marketplace for goods and services, etc. and had achieved success with those platforms. The government is currently working on National Public Digital Platform in Healthcare, Agriculture, School Education, logistics, the interoperable criminal justice system, rural development, joining up with skills and jobs at a Nationwide level.
Mr Sawhney concluded by mentioning that the Year 2020 is a wake- up call towards the creation of an Atmanirbhar Bharat and an opportunity to create new solutions not only for India but for the entire Globe.
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