Technology and telecommunications has come a long way in changing people’s lives and can play a crucial role in development of India, Padma Bhushan Sam Pitroda said during a felicitation ceremony organized at Indian Merchants Chambers in Mumbai. Dr. Sam Pitroda was speaking after he was felicitated at the hands of former MP and Governor of West Bengal Viren Shah for being conferred the Padma Bhushan. The Indian Merchants Chambers, Mumbai recently organized a felicitation ceremony for Dr. Sam Pitroda – Chairman of the National Knowledge Commission. Dr. Sam Pitroda was being felicitated on being conferred the Padma Bhushan. He felicitated at the hands of former MP and former Governor of West Bengal Viren Shah. Speaking after the felicitation, Dr. Sam Pitroda said that the telecommunications and IT revolution initiated by the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi has stimulated the growth of the country. Dr. Sam Pitroda said that according to the Roadmap framed by the Knowledge Committee in 2004, Access, Concept, Creativity, Application and Use of Knowledge would be key thrust points for successful e-governance. Information will play a key role. Without proper accurate information and data, development is a non-starter. Earlier we had no data connectivity to frame national policies and monitor them. That is not the case now. He said e-governance proposed by the government would imply an inclusive growth and benefit for citizens. Dr. Sam Pitroda also said that India does not need to create more billionaires now, when we still have 400 million poor. He said that it is also in the interest of the rich to alleviate those at the bottom of the pyramid. He said technology was being rightly utilized in creating Universal ID, and could be extended to other policies, including education, rural employment and healthcare. On the threat to security through the Universal ID system, Dr. Pitroda said that they had to take a call and they did. He added that unless the identity numbers are linked to all legal references of a citizen, it would be useless. Dr. Sam Pitroda said that citizens should and can play an active role in the country’s development. He said that how IT is utilized for the masses will be critical in the next 20 years. According to Dr. Pitroda the nation needs talent to find solutions to the existing socio-economic system, and discuss how to get things done. He also voiced confidence that IT is the only solution to the largest number of cases pending in courts in the world. The event also saw the participation of M N Chaini – Immediate Past President IMC, Mumbai. With cameraperson Ranjeet Gupta and Dhiraj Mishra, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
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