‘The essence of Digital India is to take governance to every citizen’: Rajeev Chandrasekhar

‘The essence of Digital India is to take governance to every citizen’: Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

In his keynote address at Nexus 2017, a public policy event hosted by students of IIMB, the Rajya Sabha MP says regulatory capacity and digital literacy are key in making Digital India a success

24 FEBRUARY, 2017: “Digital India is the new narrative in governance and it can succeed only if it connects government, entrepreneurs and citizens,” said Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Rajya Sabha MP and Founder, Jupiter Capital, during ‘Nexus 2017’, on February 24, at IIM Bangalore.

Nexus is an event organized by the Forum for Industrial Interaction (FII), a student-run business club at IIMB. The theme for the event this year was ‘Key challenges in the implementation of Digital India’.

Describing India as one of the world’s largest unconnected nations, Rajeev Chandrasekhar suggested that time be spent on discussing implementation and roll-out stratgies to make Digital India effective as a campaign. “The essence of Digital India is to take the government to every citizen of India. There is not enough debate around the sophisticated transformational platform that we are going to use. Regulatory capacity, digital literacy and debate around reforms are key issues that need to be addressed.”

Observing that the Digital India initiative could catalyze reforms if the stated architecture was implemented, he said the initiative could bring in transparency in governance and increase engagement between government and citizens.

He then gave away prizes to the winning team and the runners-up of the Nexus 2017 competition, in which the contestants were required to analyze the penetration and effect of digitization programs in a sector of their interest. The winners were ‘Team Axelarators’ from IIMB comprising Amanpreet Singh and Tulasi Vijaya Kumar Thulluru. ‘Team Agent Orange’, comprising Rongali Madhavi and D Vineet Rao, a mixed team from IIMB and IIMA, finished second.

The panel of judges for the competition comprised Dr. Jacob Crasta, Founder Chairman of the CME Group and Member of the Prime Minister’s SME Council, P.R. Devi Prasad, Former Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and Prof. Charan Singh, faculty in the Economics and Social Sciences area at IIM Bangalore.

Over 30 teams participated in the all India competition this year and 10 made it to the finals on Feb. 24.