TN to top the country in digital service delivery, IT minister

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TN to top the country in digital service delivery, IT minister
TN to top the country in digital service delivery, IT minister

He said that in a very short span of time the state had improved its ranking in digital service delivery to second in the country from 17th

In the next six months, Tamil Nadu would top the country in digital service delivery, said information technology and digital services minister Mano Thangaraj on Thursday.

After inspecting the work on the Elcot Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Vilankurichi, he said the facility would create employment opportunities for 15,000 people. The inspection was done along with electricity minister V Senthil Balaji. The project, being developed at a cost of 115 crore, is nearing completion now.

He said that in a very short span of time the state had improved its ranking in digital service delivery to second in the country from 17th. “The server capacity of government agencies was in a regrettable condition when the DMK government took charge. We revamped them up quickly without causing any difficulties to the people.”

The minister said Coimbatore would be developed into a knowledge and technological hub. The city has the potential, thanks to the availability of highly skilled manpower produced by the quality educational institutions in the region.

The Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency, he said, was working on a three-pronged strategy – digital services delivery, digitization of government offices and data centric governance – to help the government roll out welfare measures without wasting resources.

The minister said the government was also giving a push to the startups and innovations. He said, big technological firms, in future, would be dependent on startups for their innovations and problem-solving ability.

Earlier, at the Hindusthan Institute of Technology in the district, Thangaraj inaugurated Smart India Hackathon 2022. Talking to the media on the sidelines of the event, he said many new firms were setting up their offices in the state. “Coimbatore is in demand, as it is an emerging IT hub.”

In order to achieve the chief minister’s target of one trillion dollar economy, the minister said, we need highly skilled manpower. “We have a vast talent pool. We are targeting to develop the state into a knowledge and technology hub. It will pave the way for new startups and new innovations.”

The minister said the government was focusing on tier II, III and IV cities for the development of IT. “It will help prevent further urbanization of cities and related social problems. An inclusive growth is the mantra of the Dravidian model. Work is on to create infrastructure facilities akin to urban areas in rural areas. The IT department is taking high bandwidth broadband connections to 12,500 villages.”

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