Staff Reporter, Bhopal
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that good governance is priority of the state government. Its basis is e-Governance. These days, charisma of information technology is visible everywhere in the state.
Chouhan was addressing a function where Information Technology Excellence Awards were distributed here today. On the occasion, he announced Rs. one lakh award with citation for Secretary Information Technology Hari Ranjan Rao.
He directed that Secretaries doing excellent work should also be awarded. Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Minister Gaurishankar Bisen was also present on the occasion.
Chouhan said that e-Governance is state government’s priority.
This sector has immense potential. It should be our goal that Madhya Pradesh leaves behind Silicon Valley in information technology.
He said that innovations in IT sector have been made in Madhya Pradesh.
Complaints are being redressed immediately through Samadhan Online.
Relief amounts are being deposited directly in farmers’ accounts. Time and money in administrative works are being saved through video-conferencing.
Major IT infrastructure with immense employment potential is coming up in the state, he added.
The Chief Minister said that inclusive culture is developing in the state under which all including farmers and employees stand side by side in hour of crisis.
He said that employees in Madhya Pradesh also stand by farmers in their crisis.
They are donating their one-day salary for relief to them. He said that state government is ensuring welfare of all sections of society.
Economy has been strengthened. He said that state government had given Rs. 600 crore relief to farmers when their soybean crops were affected in the past. Now, Rs. 2000 crore has been provisioned for relief to hailstorm-affected farmers.
Transport and Information Technology Minister Bhupendra Singh said that state government has undertaken unprecedented works for expansion of information technology.
Department’s budget has been increased to Rs. 190 crore, which was Rs. 93 lakh in year 2003. He said that Madhya Pradesh has emerged as pioneer state in information technology sector. Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa said that atmosphere of IT has built up in the state.
It is perhaps the first state in the world where innovation like virtual cadre in information has been undertaken. He said that wide publicity of innovations is also necessary.
At the outset, Secretary IT Hari Ranjan Rao delivered the welcome address.
Deputy Secretary O.P. Shrivastava proposed a vote of thanks.
The programme was conducted by Sudhir Kochar.
At the programme, the Chief Minister distributed 23 awards for year 2012-13 in 9 categories including good governance, empowerment and progress.