Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said the society is deliberating on a very pertinent theme “Digital Democracy- IT For Change”, which has relevance to the current as well as future times. He asserted that it facilitates citizens to take part in participatory governance and bring greater transparency to the system
The Odisha CM was attending the 53rd Annual Convention of Computer Society of India at KIIT University in Bhubaneswar on Friday.
Addressing the audience, the Chief Minister said, “Recent reports suggest that data consumption in India is one of the highest among countries in the world. The diminishing gap between ‘Data Rich and Data Poor’ is helping us to develop an information-based society that is more egalitarian in essence and thus, more democratic. Though digital democracy is at a nascent stage now, it has huge significance for the future.”
“Digital Democracy encompasses social, economic, and cultural conditions that enable free and equal practice of political self-determination. Digital Inclusion is an inherent necessity of Digital Democracy just like Social Inclusion is the need of Democracy,” Naveen Stated.
The Odisha Chief Minister said, “My Government is always committed to engaging the people of Odisha with Digital space and providing efficient public services through digital solutions. The FIVE-T initiative of my government is a real platform to have participatory governance.
The Five-T Mantra is based on the philosophy that Technology, Transparency, Teamwork and Time lead to Transformation. We have made various reforms in Labour Management, Health Sector, Skill Development, Disaster Management, and many other areas where citizens are directly participating in the Governance process. I believe we are in the right direction in ensuring digital democracy in Odisha.”
Further congratulating all the awardees of the event and particularly, the Team Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the Convention will definitely have a positive impact on the IT scenario of India in general and Odisha in particular.