Manufacturers’ Association of IT MAIT, an apex body representing IT Industry in India has launched ‘Digital India Action Group’ (DIAG). The DIAG is a think – tank for ideating and observing policy initiatives to support government mission of Digital India. It will offer ideas for inspiring & accelerating the rollout of Digital India Programme across the Country. The program will provide strategic inputs to numerous committees and teams that will be created under the aegis of Digital India by the PMO, DeitY and other Government Departments & Ministries.
Commenting on the vision of DIAG, Debjani Ghosh, VP, MAIT, said: “Technology has the potential to connect the whole of India and benefit each & every citizen. Digital India should enable the percolation of technology to the people and each citizen should be able to access government services with ease.”
She further added, ‘MAIT is best-suited to support & compliment the efforts of the Government in implementing Digital India as it has a vast knowledge base from across the IT ecosystem, which can prove to be a game changer for this ambitious program.’
In the opening discussions, Ajai Chowdhry, Founder, HCL, said ‘Digital India is a very ambitious program as for the first time we are trying to look at a bigger picture or beyond the traditional scope of a typical e-Governance program. He said that now the focus should be to deeply analyze each & every piece of this paradigm and make it work in perfect harmony.’
Gaurav Dwivedi, CEO, MyGov spoke on the relevance of e-Governance in the Digital India Programme and stated that: “As far as Digital India is concerned there are so many different elements like the way e-Governance has progressed over the past few years. I see a complete paradigm shift as e- Services now have become the center of every Government Organization”.
Sanjeev Gupta, MD, Health & Public Service and Corporate Affairs, Accenture stated that: “The steps have been taken in the right direction and the initial ideation has done its job by exciting almost all the stakeholders. But now we need to get down to the brass-tacks and plan for early implementation of each of the 9 pillars”.
DIAG will be led by an envisioning team (including representatives from Political Leadership, senior levels of the Government, renowned personalities from Media, Academia, Science and Technology). There will be 3 dedicated workgroups that will work on agendas associated with Digital Infrastructure, Digital Governance and Digital Empowerment.
As an operating protocol, DIAG will have 2-month agendas and after every 2-months, they will submit their ideas to the Government. To initiate with, DIAG might emphasis on e-Governance, e-Kranti, Broadband Highways and Electronics Manufacturing.