Jaipur, March 21 2016: On the occasion of the first Rajasthan IT Day, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje today dedicated RajNET to the people of the State. RajNET is a wide area network connecting the state capital with all 9894 Gram Panchayats and 183 municipal areas in Rajasthan. Built as a multimode connectivity network (through VSAT and terrestrial linkage), RajNET facilitates voice, video and data connection, enabling the effective delivery of citizen services like Bhamashah, e-Mitra and MNREGA across the State, including its remotest areas.
Speaking on the occasion at a day-long event held here, Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje said, “The basic idea in administration for us ‘SuRaaj’ or Good Governance. Effective Governance has to be based on a robust IT infrastructure and within the framework of a comprehensive e-Governance architecture. This is what we are seeking to provide in Rajasthan.”
Drawing attention to the transformative power of IT, the Chief Minister said, “Today in Rajasthan, IT tools are changing lives every day. From the point of sales machine in a ration shop to the drawing of pension through bio-metric verification from an e-Mitra counter, IT is making the lives of citizens simpler and better. E-mitra, Bhamashah and last mile connectivity have made this possible.”
The Chief Minister launched RajNET by holding simultaneous video conferencing with interlocutors at eight e-Mitra kiosks at different locations across different districts of the State.
She also distributed “Rajasthan e-Governance Awards 2014-15” to Government functionaries, recognising their contribution to the realisation of the State Government’s e-Governance vision.
The Government of Rajasthan has decided to observe ‘Rajasthan IT Day’ on March 21 every year. The theme of this year’s IT Day is “Promotion of IT Startups”. In line with the theme, a daylong event was organised in the State capital today. Startups, mentors and investors came together to deliberate on the challenges, opportunities and outlook for startups in India.
An initiative of the Department of Information Technology & Communications, Government of Rajasthan, the day long Rajasthan IT Day event also provided a platform to startup entrepreneurs to network, to showcase innovation & capabilities and to seek support for scaling up from Government and Venture Capital organisations.
Recognising the power of technology-driven startups in wealth creation and employment generation, the State Government has initiated a roadmap for the creation of a comprehensive ecosystem where startups grow and prosper.
In October 2015, the Government unveiled the Rajasthan Startup Policy that is designed to galvanize the startup ecosystem and provide sustenance to the entrepreneurial talent native to the people of the State. The Government has set a target of developing 2,000 technology startups in the State by the year 2025.
The Chief Minister announced that she would soon a set up a Startup Council comprising industry stalwarts to provide new and innovative ideas to the Government. Other next steps announced by her include the setting up of Cyber Crime Units in every police range.
In an extempore speech, CM Raje communicated to the youth of the State, saying, “Our youth need to be ‘smart citizens’.” Challenging them to live up to their dreams and those of the people, she repeatedly asked the youth in the audience whether they ‘can do it’ and they responded with enthusiasm and vigour. During the video conference, the Chief Minister also chided the audience and advised them to appreciate the rural populations for whom IT is a life changer and who are just learning the ropes. “Soon, they shall give the urban youth a run for their money”.
Earlier in his welcome speech, Rajasthan, Chief Secretary, C.S. Rajan emphasized the role of e-governance as a key element of the state’s Effective Governance and administrative reforms agenda. “Rajasthan recognises the enormous potential of the IT and ESDM sectors and has made significant efforts to ensure that the benefits of these percolate to all its citizens”, he said.