Propulsion to e-governance initiatives


e-Governance is in essence, the application of Information and Communications Technology to government functioning in order to create 'Simple, Moral, Accountable, Responsive and Transparent' (SMART) governance. The last few years have seen a massive explosion in information technology the world over. The confluence of electronics and telecommunications has opened new vistas of transmission, storage and retrieval of information as never before. These are being increasingly used for decision-making, not only in the corporate world but even in public administration. The increasing population and its massive burden on civic amenities and the socio-economic infrastructure is unimaginable. With this transformation, e-Governance becomes not only a necessity but an integral part of every nation.
Jammu and Kashmir is all set to host the 25th National Conference on e-Governance (NCeG) in on November 26 at Katra. The conference would provide considerable momentum to e-governance initiatives across the country, providing opportunities for civil servants and industry captains to showcase their successful interventions in e-governance in improving end-to-end service delivery. Delegates from central ministries and departments and 28 states and eight Union Territories will be participating in the conference. Over 1,000 delegates are participating in this conference. An exhibition will also be organised during the event to showcase India's achievements in the field of e-governance, along with a Wall of Fame and photo exhibition on the award winners. Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh will inaugurate the Conference. The theme of this Conference is "Bringing Citizens, Industry and Government closer".
November 26 is celebrated as 'Constitution Day' to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India. As part of the celebrations, Dr Jitendra Singh will administer a reading of the Preamble to the Constitution with all participants on November 26 in the Inaugural Session of the 25th NCeG. The National Awards for e-Governance (NAeG) will be presented under five categories of the NAeG Scheme -- 2022 to 18 e-Governance initiatives at Central, State and District levels, Academic and Research Institutions and Public Sector Undertaking. This includes nine Gold and nine Silver Awards. The valedictory session will be presided over by Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on November 27.
Digital governance across whole-of-the-government; digital economy strengthening start-up ecosystem and employment generation; modern laws to promote national growth and to secure citizen's rights; transparent and real-time grievance management system; 21st Century digital infrastructure for next-generation services and security in cyberspace; shifting the gear on emerging technologies from exploration to population scale solutions; the role of e-governance in bridging the digital divide; digital governance for enhancing Ease of Doing Business and Ease of Living; digital transformation in Jammu and Kashmir; and e-governance initiatives in Jammu and Kashmir will be part of the discussions at the conference. This is a highly appreciable initiative taken by the government to hold 25th NCeG in J&K. We hope that Union Govt continues to organize such programs in future too.

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