Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu gave a clarion call to make India smarter by adopting central schemes like Digital India, Make in India, Skill India, Smart India and Clean India. He said people can be smarter only when all the villages and cities in the country are turned smart.
Naidu was speaking at the 20th National Conference of E-Governance in Visakhapatnam on Monday. He said India is very strong in the penetration and adoption of technologies. He underlined the need for adopting the latest technologies. He said the need of hour is to switch over to mobile currency and thumb finger impression system. He said technology is the key for all developments and cited example how his government had successfully managed to set up toilets through technology during Pushkaralu in the state.
He said the day-to-day progress of works at the national project Polavaram is being monitored through CCTV cameras. He said with the help of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the state government could update information about the movements of cyclone. He said similarly, the outbreak of communicable diseases can be controlled through technology.
Giving an account of the steps taken to collect the real time assessment of the people and their households in the state through e-Pragati Project, Naidu said the government had conducted smart pulse survey in this regard. He suggested to follow the guidance --"think differently and do differently",-- to get better results.
CM Naidu said the state had managed to save 40 per cent in the energy sector by installing LED bulbs in the street lights. Referring to the scheme of AP Fiber Net, the Chief Minister said the government is using fiber network to provide internet, all TV channels, telephones at a monthly rental of Rs.149/- per each household. He said interoperability has been introduced in the system to get pensions, gas provision and distribution of essential commodities under PDF system.
Referring to difficulties due to demonetization, Naidu called for attitudinal changes among the people and said collective efforts should be made to reduce their sufferings. He said the short term pains will give them long term gains.
He expressed the view that the country should switch over to its own administrative system instead of continuing with the old British system.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Cabinet Minister M Venkiah Naidu underlined the need for adopting Information Technology saying that will bring transparency in the country. He said the biggest effort of the Modi Government is to make the country free from black money and use the same for the developmental projects for the welfare of the people.
Referring to demonetization issue, Venkiah Naidu said there is no need to be in the line, if people resort to on-line transactions with the banks. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted the system free from economic disparities.