Technology Should be Affordable to Common Man: CM
Hyderabad, July 23 (INN): Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy said that technology should be transparent and made cheap and affordable to the common man. He said it should be within the reach of the common man.
The Chief Minister was speaking as the Chief Guest at the eIndia inaugural session at HICC here on Tuesday. How can we transform the Society with technology? he asked and said that every citizen in the State should be able to all services in the Government and it should be easily accessible to him.
Kiran Kumar Reddy cited the instance of introduction of Mee Seva which has become a tremendous success. The Mee Seva started on 4th Nov. 2011 today provides 153 services and handles 1.5 lakh transactions every day totalling to 2.5 crs every year. People are to get birth, income, caste, non encumbrance and other property certificates and many other services hassle-free from the Mee Seva centres. It made a revolutionary change in the life of the common man by avoiding the inordinate delay and increasing the efficiency and transparency in the transactions. It has also done away with bribes and middlemen fees and saves about Rs.4,000 crs every year for the common man.
The Chief Minister quoted many instances where Andhra Pradesh is in the forefront in adopting technology for the common man. He said as far as Aadhar enrolment is concerned, Andhra Pradesh is Number 1 in and 100 per cent enrolment will be completed by the end of the year. He said with the introduction of Aadhar cards, people will be able to draw ration anywhere in the State including Amma Hastham. He said with the adoption of technology and online payment of re-imbursement of tuition fess and scholarships, not only the State Government could ensure that every eligible student get it, but also could save about Rs.300 crs by preventing duplication etc.
Kiran Kumar Reddy also quoted the instances of Aarogyasri, providing cellphone information and intimation to pregnant women in rural areas, monitoring the girl child from birth till her education is completed. He also said State is Number 1 in the implementation of NREGS and leverages the maximum wage payments and jobs under the scheme, thanks to technology.
The Chief Minister said it is the age of global competition and it’s the survival of the fittest and we have to be the fittest to survive. He said the Government is also now monitoring the engineering colleges in the State for its quality of education. In conclusion, he quoted US President Obama and said Indian and Chinese students are way ahead in talent and hard working and US students have to cope up with the situation.
Union Minister for Textiles K. Sambasiva Rao, IT Minister Ponnala Lakshmiah, Secretary, IT, GoI, J Satyanarayana, Secretary, IT, Govt. of A.P., Sanjay Jaju and others also spoke.