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CII announces the National Mission on Digital India

In sync with the Digital India Initiative of the Government,
CII launched the National Mission on Digital India at New Delhi. Addressing the
First Steering Committee Meeting on Digital India, Ms Aruna Sundararajan,
Administrator, USOF and CMD, BBNL said that an apex industry body like CII
should look at focused, time-bound and transformational initiatives that can
become a game changer for the country.

In sync with the Digital India Initiative of the Government,
CII launched the National Mission on Digital India at New Delhi. Addressing the
First Steering Committee Meeting on Digital India, Ms Aruna Sundararajan,
Administrator, USOF and CMD, BBNL said that an apex industry body like CII
should look at focused, time-bound and transformational initiatives that can
become a game changer for the country.

“We also need to create an institutional mechanisms focusing
on joint interoperability in the sectors of education, skilling and healthcare
to ensure that the rollout of the Digital India campaign comes to fruition”, said
Ms Sundararajan.

Mr A N Rai, CMD, BSNL in his remarks said that it is
critical for the industry to come up with viable and scalable business models
for the success of Digital India.

Mr Kiran Karnik, Chairman of the CII National Mission on
Digital India, in his opening remarks said that the Digital India initiative is
opportune and presents exciting opportunities to the industry. The objective of
the Mission is to bring in thought leadership to prioritize, plan and put in place
demonstrable strategies and models to roll out the digital implementation plan.

Elaborating on the importance of eGovernance and deployment
of citizen-centric services, Mr Kris Gopalakrishnan, Past President, CII and
Chairman, CII Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council said that standardization
of citizen-centric services is imperative to create a robust ecosystem.

Mr Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, CII National Committee on IT,
ITeS and eCommere and Chairman, Microsoft India, in his remarks said that the
Digital India program should be seen as a citizen program. The objective of the
Mission is to prioritize the activities with the collective wisdom of all the
members.

Industry members from the ICT sector – infrastructure
providers, service providers, operators, software companies, hardware
companies, equipment and device manufacturers, and applications and content
providers – are part of the Steering Committee on Digital India.

The Mission comprises of representatives from Bharti Airtel,
Cisco India, Corning India, Dell India, Ericssion India, Facebook India, Google
India, HP India, IBM India, Idea Cellular, Infosys, Intel India, Microsoft
India, Samsung India, Spice Global, Telstra, Tata Teleservices, TCS, Vodafone
India, Wipro Infotech and Oracle amongst others.

 

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