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Information Technology and its unparallel impact on the India of tomorrow was at the core of Shri Narendra Modi’s address to the IT professionals at the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum (NILF) 2014, on the morning of 14th February.

Speaking on the theme of transforming India through technology, Shri Modi addressed the session via video-conference, and spoke about the need to bring about the IT revolution in India, considering the fact that the country had all the basics required for this. He also urged NASSCOM to get actively engaged in this pursuit. “I see the role of IT as a change agent. It empowers, connects and can binds isolated parts of India and create harmony. IT can join people with governments, bridge the gap between demand and supply, and can bring us closer to knowledge,” said Shri Modi.

Signifying the current day relevance of IT in the corporate world, Shri Modi said that it is a known fact that those corporate houses where information goes freely from bottom to top and where effective guidance comes from top to bottom succeed. He spoke of his confidence in the impact and effectiveness of IT by stating, “I keep saying IT+ IT= IT (Indian Talent+ Information Technology = India Tomorrow). The IT sector can be the shining light of Brand India.”

Shri Modi underscored the significance of IT in the domain of e-governance, while also stating the tremendous impact it could have in grievance redressal. “E governance can bring minimum government and maximum governance. It is easy, effective and economic governance. It brings empowerment, equity and efficiency of the economy. It is a very useful field that can be the greatest problem solver of people,” said Shri Modi, while sharing his concern that most leaders in power today were further confusing the issues rather than bringing solutions.

Shri Narendra Modi’s address to the IT professionals at the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum (NILF) 2014

While speaking on the vast potential of IT in converting challenges into golden opportunities, Shri Modi emphasized on the need to empower the youth with necessary skills. “We are among the most youthful nations of the world. Just imagine the energy and potential of this talent pool. We need to empower our youth with skills for their development and the growth of India. This way we will succeed in putting India on the road to fast and inclusive development,” said Shri Modi.

Stressing on the imminent need to focus on ICT training, Shri Modi highlighted Gujarat’s efforts towards this by citing the eMPOWER (electronic manpower) programme. He spoke of how ICT training was the need-of-the-hour, and could enable India emerge as a big service sector and business hub. “What we need is the skills. NASSCOM should focus on this on its silver jubilee,” said Shri Modi.

Highlighting his vision of creating a Digital India, Shri Modi said, “India should become a digital India, which is a knowledge-based society and economy. We are a very diverse nation, with every district having its specialities. We need networks to integrate this and the IT industry can do this. By 2022, when we celebrate 75 years of freedom, we must be a different nation. And IT can be the growth engine of New India.” He said that by then our market should become a knowledge market where every seller and buyer knows everything, and the workers in every sector are knowledge workers. “Use of technology can further enhance grassroot services,” added Shri Modi.

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Shri Modi also cited the need to focus on promoting software as much as hardware, while stating that such an approach would only ensure inclusive growth. He put forth that it was the collective responsibility of software engineers, IT professionals and hardware manufactuers to promote software since, according to Shri Modi, real strength lies in software utility.

He encouraged NASSCOM and its representing companies to focus on Corporate Social Responsibility, enabled by IT. “Through CSR can you take up any one problem that India faces. You can take up a problem, form task forces and focus on resolving the issue,” said Shri Modi, while giving an example of tackling the drop-out ratio in schools via IT-enabled tools.

Stressing on the need to adapt IT into governance, Shri Modi spoke of how we need to focus on bringing features of like and share in governance, and how effective this could prove in the One Day Governance model adapted in Gujarat. “We have to bring features of like and share in governance. Through social media we must ensure every citizen is involved in governance,” said Shri Modi.

India should become a digital India, which is a knowledge-based society and economy.

He also urged the decision makers of the IT world to ensure that the digital divide being experienced in India does not percolate further. “Digital Divide means that what a person can get through IT in a city is not available to a person in remote villages. We cannot let the digital divide spread. We cannot have 2 Indias like this, where one is running fast but the other is on the reverse gear,” said Shri Modi.

Putting forth his views of the immense scope of IT in varying domains, Shri Modi mentioned how the application of IT in infrastructure could change the face of the country. “Information Highway Network can play a very big role in transforming the nation. It can be a matter of great strength. The sooner we adopt IT the better, the sooner we deploy it, the better it and the sooner we master it the better,” stated Shri Modi, while also speaking about the need for the government and the IT industry to join hands for the creation of harmony in the society, to reduce the gap between demand and supply and thereby get the people closer to knowledge.

He spoke of his belief in the power of IT, by saying, “I am personally a great advocate of technology. IT can and will transform our lives...it is an inevitable force in the modern world.” He further spoke of his fondness to stay connected with the people of the country through social media network, and how their feedback and suggestions had been a source of inspiration for him.

Aspects of cyber security and the role of Information Technology in the security concerns of the Nation were also shared by Shri Modi.

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India should become a digital India, which is a knowledge-based society and economy.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting to review the status of preparedness to handle the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Various aspects relating to medicines, oxygen, ventilators and vaccination were discussed.

The Prime Minister said that together India had defeated Covid last year & India can do it again, with the same principles but faster speed and coordination.

The PM stressed that there is no substitute to testing, tracking and treatment. Early testing and proper tracking remains key to reduce mortality. He also said that local administrations need to be proactive and sensitive to people’s concerns.

The Prime Minister directed that close coordination with States must be ensured in handling the pandemic. He said that all necessary measures must be taken to ramp up the availability of hospital beds for Covid patients. The Prime Minister also directed that additional supply of beds through temporary hospitals and isolation centres should be ensured.

PM spoke about the need to utilize the full potential of India’s pharmaceutical industry to meet the rising demand of various medicines. He reviewed the status of supply of Remdesivir and other medicines. The Prime Minister was briefed on actions taken to address the issue of availability of Remdesivir. Through the efforts of the Government, capacity and production augmentation for manufacturing of Remdesivir has been ramped up to provide around 74.10 lakh vials/month in May while the normal production output in January-February being just 27-29 lakh vials/month. Supplies have also increased from 67,900 vials on 11th April going up to over 2,06,000 vials on 15th April 2021 which are being particularly focused on states with high caseload and high demand. He took note of the ramped up production capacity, and directed that issues relating to real-time supply chain management to States must be resolved urgently in coordination with the States. The Prime Minister directed that use of Remdesivir and other medicines must be in accordance with approved medical guidelines, and that their misuse and black marketing must be strictly curbed.

On the issue of supply of medical oxygen, the Prime Minister directed that the installation of approved medical oxygen plants should be sped up. 162 PSA Oxygen plants are being installed in 32 States/UTs from PM CARES. The officers informed that 1 lakh cylinders are being procured & they will be supplied to states soon. The officers briefed the PM that they are in constant supply with 12 high burden states in assessing the current and future requirement of medical oxygen. A supply mapping plan for 12 high burden states till 30th April has also been undertaken. The Prime Minister also said that supply of oxygen required for production of medicines and equipment necessary to handle the pandemic should also be ensured.

The Prime Minister also reviewed the status of availability & supply of ventilators. The Prime Minister noted that a real time monitoring system has been created, and directed that concerned State governments should be sensitized to use the system proactively.

On the issue of vaccination, the Prime Minister directed all officials to make efforts to utilize the entire national capacity, in public as well as private sector, to ramp up vaccine production.

He was joined by Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to PM, Union Home Secretary, Union Health Secretary, Pharma Secretary. Dr V K Paul, Niti Aayog was also present.