President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday advocated
exploration of innovative solutions to make government offices run in paperless
and contactless mode for the safety of every citizen amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said that it will also help in making administrative processes more eco-friendly.
Speaking after the presentation of 'Digital India Awards 2020' via videoconference, Kovind said: "We must also leverage technology and ICT-driven innovative solutions to aid economic inclusiveness and social transformation even in the remotest corners of our country."
Noting that a large segment of our population is still not able to derive the benefits of digital devices and services, the President said that the number of such people needs to be minimised by extending digital access to them through effective innovations.
"This will make our digital revolution more
inclusive," said the President.
The President said that this is highly necessary for an informed citizenry, which is the cornerstone of democracy.
The National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy too envisages a participatory model of governance in which citizens can access non-strategic information from public authorities and become partners with the government in various reform processes, he said.
Mentioning that coronavirus has changed the world in terms of social relations, economic activities, healthcare, education and several other aspects of life, the President said that "technological advances this year helped us overcome the big disruption to a great extent".
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