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Andhra Pradesh is at the forefront of using technologies for social empowerment: Chandrababu Naidu
Feb 25, 2018

The Andhra Pradesh Government is leveraging new technologies to usher in the highest transparency and accountability standards in governance and for speedy delivery of public services. This was stated by Mr N Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh at a special plenary session on ‘Technologies For Tomorrow’ on Day 2 at the CII Partnership Summit 2018 being organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, and the State Government of Andhra Pradesh in Visakhapatnam. The Chief Minister stated that technologies are also helping the government to integrate all public services, while enhancing the social empowerment of the people of the state. By providing connectivity to all households, people are empowered to connect directly with concerned government departments and obtain real time response to their queries and complaints. The Government’s Real Time Governance system is also facilitating use of data to build profiles of resident families and villages and match those with the government programmes.

Mr Naidu spoke about how technologies have been harnessed to create People’s Hub, Land Hub, e-office, e-cabinet, and the AP hybrid cloud. The Chief Minister said that he has envisioned Andhra Pradesh as a hub for clouds maintenance. He pointed that all Andhra Pradesh state government departments are online today. Moreover, the Real Time Governance system enables monitoring of public infrastructure that includes monitoring of LED street lights using sensors. The state government is promoting virtual classrooms for students, and drones are being employed for a gamut of activities like soil testing.

Mr Naidu stated that with the use of technologies, sectors like healthcare, education, entertainment and agriculture are opening up compelling business opportunities. Voice-based technologies are being adopted in a big way. A demo of Amazon Alexa personal assistant was conducted during the course of the session to highlight how voice-based technologies are being linked to governance and information dissemination.

Andhra Pradesh will have an Innovation Valley, on the lines of the Silicon Valley in the US, Mr Naidu said.

Mr Peter Vesterbacka, Co-Founder, Slush, Finland spoke about the Finnish model of education that is focused on delivering “education for happiness”. He said that a sound education base is fundamental to creating an innovative culture.

Ms Marjolein Helder, Founder & CEO, Plant-e, the Netherlands, made a presentation on how living plants can become a source of electricity. She proposed that such eco-friendly equipment can be made in Andhra Pradesh.

Mr Nitin Sisodia, Founder, Sohum Innovation Lab, spoke about how his company has developed an innovative equipment for detecting hearing loss in babies. He suggested that Andhra Pradesh government could consider introducing a universal hearing training programme, and said that the equipment could be made in India in a big way for serving global health needs.

Mr Prateek Bumb, Co-Founder, Carbon Clean Solutions made a brief presentation on how his company has developed the technology to turn CO2 into chemicals and energy sources. The technology can be used to decarbonise the industry spectrum, he said.

Mr Sibabrata Das, Co-Founder, Atomberg Technologies, made a presentation on the company’s innovation – BLDC fans – that are highly energy efficient. He suggested that both government and household sectors could achieve significant cost savings by using BLDC fans.

Mr Rob Leslie, CEO & Founder, Sedicii Innovations, Ireland spoke about using Block Chains to monetise identity information.

Mr Amit Narayan, Founder, AutoGrid, USA, talked about how data can be a source of energy, wherein by using data millions of micro-adjustments can be made to match demand and supply of energy. He said that the approach can yield the Andhra Pradesh some Rs 2,000 crore cost savings on the power front in the next 5 years. The technology could help the Indian economy achieve savings of up to $50 billion over 10 years.

Mr Ahmed Babu, CEO – Real Time Governance, Government of Andhra Pradesh, thanked the panelists.

During the session, MoU documents were exchanged between the Andhra Pradesh Government and Ace Urban in the area of smart urban infrastructure development, and with Greenco to promote renewable energy in line with the goal of making Andhra Pradesh a carbon neutral state.


February 25, 2018 

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