Digital India Awards 2020: Coronavirus changed the world in the context of social relations, economic activities, healthcare, education, and several other aspects of life. Technological advances are often termed as ‘disruptions’, but this year they helped us overcome the big disruption, said the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind.
While speaking at the Digital India Awards 2020, Ram Nath Kovind said that India was not only prepared to minimise the adverse impact of mobility-restrictions, but also utilized the crisis as an opportunity to march ahead in various arenas. It was possible only because the digital infrastructure has been strengthened in recent years.
He said that education continued without a break as most institutions started offering lessons online. From the judiciary to tele-medicine, scores of sectors switched to the virtual mode. For the government too, information technology was one of the most crucial tools to deliver a variety of services to citizens and keep the wheels of the economy turning.
President noted that due to proactive digital interventions, we have been able to ensure operational continuity of important government services during and after the lockdown. He said that the role of our digital warriors has been commendable in helping the country overcome challenges posed by the pandemic.
Proactive implementation of platforms such as Arogya Setu, e-Office and video conferencing services backed by a robust ICT infrastructure has helped the country reduce the pandemic hardships.
Ram Nath Kovind also urged to keep exploring innovative solutions for the functioning of government offices in paperless and contactless mode for security and benefit of every citizen.
He said that it will also help in making administrative processes more eco-friendly. He said that we must leverage technology and ICT-driven innovative solutions to aid economic inclusiveness and social transformation even in the remotest corners of our country.