Bhubaneshwar: ilouge Media & GovConnect, in association with the Electronics & Information Technology Department, Government of Odisha, and Odisha Computer Application Centre (OCAC), concluded the most promising conclave, the 11th edition of the ‘Digital Transformation Conclave’ in Odisha on September 15, 2023.
The conclave brought together government officials, thought leaders, industry experts, academia, and key stakeholders from across the country and held insightful discussions on the transformative potential of digital technologies.
The event was inaugurated by Chief Guest Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha; Guest of Honor Shri Tushar Kanti Behera, Hon’ble Minister for Electronics & IT, Sports & Youth Services, and Home, Government of Odisha; Shri Manoj Kumar Mishra, Principal Secretary, Electronics & IT Department; and Chairman, OCAC, Government of Odisha, along with Shri Arvind Kumar, Director General, Software Technology Parks of India; Lt. General (Dr.) Rajesh Pant, Former National Cyber Security Coordinator, Prime Minister’s Office; Shri Manas Ranjan Panda, Special Secretary, Department of Electronics and IT; and Managing Director, OCAC; Shri NSN Murty, Partner, Government & Public Services; Consulting Leader, Deloitte India; and Shri Mayank Chaturvedi, Director, Public Sector Sales, HPE India.
Inaugurating the conclave virtually, Shri Naveen Patnaik spoke about the Digital Transformation happening in the country and specifically in Odisha, stated, ‘Today, Odisha has entered an era of transformation. The state takes pride in being a trailblazer when it comes to deploying cutting-edge technologies and fostering transparent governance. Our twin initiatives, 5T and Mo Sarkar, have brought about a sea change in governance mechanisms and ensured public participation in the development process.’
He also appreciated the collaborative efforts of the public and private sectors in achieving the nation’s vision of making Bharat a Digital Nation. Concluding, he said, ‘We can achieve the unachievable with the active participation and collaboration of central ministries, state government departments, industry, academia, civil society, and the private sector.’
He also urged the dignitaries to come forward and partner with the Odisha government in the endeavor.
Industry experts and government officials exchanged valuable insights, innovative strategies, and best practices in order to navigate the digital transformation journey with resounding success.
Shri Tushar Kanti Behera, Minister for Electronics and IT, Sports and Youth Services, and Home, Government of Odisha highlighted the digital transformation taking place in the state. Speaking about the same, he said, ‘We recognized the importance of bridging the digital divide. While urban areas are witnessing remarkable progress, we must not forget about our rural communities. Our government is committed to extending connectivity to the remotest corners of the country, ensuring that every citizen has access to affordable and reliable internet services.’
We are actively working on the second phase of BharatNet to connect over 2945 GPs spread over
133 blocks in 12 districts, and the Digital Village program to empower rural areas with digital infrastructure and services, he added further.
Further in his keynote address, Mr. Manoj Kumar Mishra, Principal Secretary, Department of IT, Government of Odisha enlightened the audience with the electronics policy, IT and Data Center Policy for attracting investments. He also shared the ‘digital revolution’ initiatives taken to enhance citizen-centric services in Odisha.
‘We need to embrace technology, and Odisha has transformed on another level by adopting innovative technologies and deploying them in a structured way. The state is presenting itself as a leader in digital technologies as a result of its efforts to employ IT for a variety of government-to-citizen (G2C) services, which aim to leverage technology to deliver transparent services on time,’ he said.
The conclave also addressed the unique challenges and opportunities encountered by the public sector in its endeavor to adopt digital technologies for the betterment of governance, service delivery, and citizen engagement.
Engrossing Panel Sessions on the topics such as Leveraging Emerging Technologies for Delivering Efficient, Effective, and Citizen-Centric Public Services; Re-imagining Government Service Delivery through Digital Transformation and eGovernance; Digital Transformation of States for Effective Governance Through Emerging Technologies; Leveraging Digital Transformation Initiatives Through Technology-Based Solutions for Citizen-Centric Approach; and The Future of Digital Transformation: The Digital First Mindset.
In addition, the participants were able to explore cutting-edge technologies and solutions from leading tech companies, which have exhibited their digital solutions.
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