IT industry hopeful of 'Ache din' for e-governance

Modi-fied IT industry expects big boost for e-governance and wishes that Modi's development model will make it a success

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Praggya Guptaa | May 17, 2014



With the historic victory of Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha polls, investors’ hopes have soared and the stock market too is on a rise. The IT industry, which seems to be hopeful, believes that Modi’s “good governance” roadmap will go through the e-governance way making it a success.

Tanmay Chakrabarty, vice-president and global head (government industry solutions unit), TCS says, "I can foresee a holistic focus on e-governance, transparency and transformation. Narendra Modi has the experience as the chief minister of Gujarat. He has implemented many schemes and programmes, which he would be able to replicate in the Centre as well. This is certainly a positive sign."

He said the main focus would be on bringing governance to doorsteps with the help of the IT industry.

Hoping that e-governance project would be faster with the coming of the new government, Satish Kaushal, executive director and government advisor of Ernst & Young says, “Modi has always spoken about a good and transparent government. For the past 15 years, Gujarat has been using information and communication technology (ICT) extensively to provide citizen-friendly services. We now believe that the entire national e-governance plan (NEGP) would be finally implemented in full spirit.”

Prakash Kumar, national technology officer, Microsoft India says, “Modi had firmly mentioned in the party manifesto about IT and e-governance; keeping in view his record, I am certain that it will take a new shape, which will do good for the citizens.”

Calling it a turning point of the Indian history, Alok Bharadwaj, executive vice-president, Canon India says, “This is one of the finest developments that have happened in India in the past two decades. We are quite confident that necessary reforms will begin to happen. It is indeed a turning point in the history of India.”

Bharadwaj believes that technology is the solution to various problems in India. Sharing his expectations from the new government, he added, “The first expectation from the government would be to get the tarnished economic wheel running. The second would be to bring in modernisation by adopting technology in government developments, which will bring a flip to e-governance.” He further highlighted the need for accountability. “The culture of responsibility, accountability and transparency should prevail. People want to work; people will work provided there is a motivation to work.”

Jaijit Bhattacharya, partner, infrastructure and government services, KPMG says, “No legislation will exist without an e-governance mechanism of implementation. Otherwise laws will only come and go.”

Pointing at the BJP manifesto, which dwells upon a digital India, D Venkat, CEO, Strides Consulting says, “The new government will pursue a mission mode project under the National Rural Internet and Technology Mission for the use of telemedicine, mobile healthcare in rural areas and use of IT in agriculture for real time information.”

Large scale e-governance related programmes would also deliver new business avenues to IT service firms. Venkat says, “This will lead to increased buoyancy, eventual revenues for MNCs and Indian IT service companies benefitting in the e-governance sector in specific.”

Nasscom has also prepared a five-point agenda for the new Indian government to help its IT companies contribute towards development in the country and help them achieve a global footprint. Technology entrepreneurship mission, simpler version of regulatory framework for companies and futuristic policies are among some of their recommendations.

Now, if things fall into place, various government departments that had made a sluggish start in adopting e-governance is expected to make a rapid progress.

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