India, a vibrant democracy and a true personification of a federal structure, is on the cusp of transformation. For last one decade or so, we have witnessed major transformative disruptions. India has been on the path of a sustainable development and is one of the fastest growing large economies in the world. However, a combination of the huge derailment due to Covid-19 (since March 2020) and dynamically changing aspirations of the people (refer citizens), India needs to do a lot more to sustain a high rate of growth for the next three decades. 

As we celebrate the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” – 75 years of Indian Independence the strategy for new India captures three key messages from the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. 

  • Development must become a mass movement, in which every Indian recognises his/her/their role and also experiences the tangible benefits accruing to them in the form of better life
  • Development strategy should help achieve broad-based economic growth to ensure a balance across all regions, states and sectors. This implies embracing new technologies fostering innovation and up-skilling or human resources. 
  • The strategy when implemented, should be able to bridge the gap in the performances and experiences delivered by public and private sectors

Efficient, transparent and accountable governance is the only assurance that can help India achieve its ambitious goals for 2022 and beyond. And, with the help of many fundamental shifts in both though processes, and implementations without an iota of doubt, we’ll be one of the two largest economies in the world by 2047 – the year when India celebrates the centenary of its independence.

Behind all this, is the massive thrust on Infrastructure development. And, a crucial part of that infrastructure is “Digital Infrastructure” on which the success of India largely depends. Even during her 2022-23 budget speech, the Finance Minister Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman laid a great deal of emphasis on creating a digital India as every project announced is all about making use of technology. We can say so that India is well on its way to becoming a nation driven by the most advanced technologies. Gartner says that Indian government’s IT spending is projected to go upto $8.3 billion in 2022, which is an increase of 8.6% from 2021. The government organisations, both local and national, will increase spending on all segments of IT in 2022, says Gartner. “The software segment is forecast to achieve the highest growth of 24.7% in 2022 as the adoption of citizen service delivery applications with use of artificial intelligence and machine learning will improve across citizen initiatives,” it says. 

One of the most promising Technolgies, among many others is Blockchain. Even the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) in its recently released “National Strategy on Blockchain” says that the government is keen on creating trusted digital platforms through shared Blockchain infrastructure; promoting research and development, innovation, technology and application development; and facilitating state of the art, transparent, secure and trusted digital service delivery to citizens and businesses, thus making India a global leader in Blockchain Technology. 

The mission of the government is to help evolve a vigilant and trusted collaborative digital ecosystem to provide a consensus based, tamper-evident, transparent and open framework for offering eGovernance services to citizens and businesses involving multiple organisations in a participating environment assuring trust, security, track and trace, integrity and regulatory compliance.

A similar very ambitious, and futuristic project, which personifies vision of a truly “Digital India” came to my attention a few weeks ago. This was where Etapalli – a subdivision of Gadchiroli district in the state of Maharashtra set a new global precedent of launching a BLOCKCHAIN-BASED CASTE CERTIFICATE facility. This was also one of the unique Web 3.o adoptions for an on-chain E-governance. The certificates are issued using LegitDoc – a polygon public blockchain based platform, which makes these certificates instantaneously verifiable.

DynamicCIO spoke to Shubham Gupta, an IAS Officer (2019 Batch) who is currently posted as Assistant Collector Etapalli, a sub-division of Gadchiroli district and also as the Project Head of Integrated Tribal Development Projects Bhamragarh. 

Listen to this fascinating conversation in the 25-minute video.

NOTE: You can read the full technical case-study here: https://tinyurl.com/7m3ja94x

By Rahul Mani

With nearly 22 years of experience in Tech B2B media, Rahul comes with a distinct approach for nurturing the CIO & CISO communities. He has worked with CIOs & CISOs from across sections of industries and has an in-depth understanding of their unique information needs. Rahul is one of the rare media entrepreneurs with a distinct ability to balance between totally diverse functions of editorial and business. Rahul has held leadership roles at IDG India and 9.9 Media before starting Grey Head Media.

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