Addressing the inaugural session of the 22nd National Conference on e-Governance here, DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh said that the Centre did away with the need to certify documents by government officials, a legacy of the British Empire. ‘By doing this, the Government demonstrated the resolve that it trusted the youth of India.’
The two-day conference is being held in Shillong, a first for the Northeastern region. Singh, who inaugurated the event, proposed that the conference adopts a ‘Shillong Declaration on e-Governance’ so that the important takeaways from the sessions may be referred to and developed upon, in the future. Singh, who holds the independent change of the Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER), said the ministry has constantly engaged itself with promoting e-governance initiatives that are being taken up by the Northeastern states.
Addressing the conference, Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma said, ‘It is not the best technology that matters, but it is how best the available technology is applied for the larger good of the masses.’ He stated that, in Meghalaya, technology is being used for creating a database of expectant mothers, details of health infrastructure available and using that effectively to increase institutional deliveries in the State, without incurring a huge cost. ‘This has gone a long way in improving the figures of maternal mortality rates in the State.’ The CM also spoke about the challenges of digital connectivity in the Northeast, especially Meghalaya.