The recent ETCIO Digital Transformation Summit held at Vizag presented to the world the larger than life digital mission of the Chief Minister, N Chandrababu Naidu.
Mr Naidu, who spoke at length during the summit said that his government has been utilizing technology in a big way to make Andhra Pradesh a digitally literate state. He called on information technologists to come forward with innovative ideas.
Addressing an illustrious gathering at ETCIO Digital Transformation Summit – Digital Disruption and Innovation, Navigating the NextGen Revolution – in Visakhapatnam, Mr Naidu said the state government will welcome new ideas and innovation and devices in the field of information technology.
“I want to make the state as digitally literate by using technology in a big way. All the systems like water utilisation, power consumption, street lighting systems, distribution of pensions and other benefits for the needy people are being monitored in the state by using technology,” CM said.
The chief minister stressed that the state has water, mineral wealth, human resources, road, rail and air connectivity to establish the units.
“India is utilizing technology in a big way. About 95 percent of the people, including people from remote areas, are using cell phones,” he said.
He said the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to provide internet connection to all households with 15 Mbps for a cheap rate of Rs. 149 per month.
“The government has been utilizing the existing electricity poles for fiber connection instead of going for underground cable. Instead of spending Rs. 5,000 crore for underground cable, we can utilise the electricity poles for wiring with Rs. 332 crore,” he pointed out.
He predicted that Visakhapatnam will become an educational and industrial hub in the future because of natural resources available in the district.
Mr Naidu, during the occasion, launched the Information Technology Association of Andhra Pradesh (ITAAP). ITAAP’s objective is to foster growth and sustainable development of Information Technology (IT), IT-Enabled Services and Electronics Industry in the state of Andhra Pradesh by working closely with the industry and the government.
IT professionals and Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of various companies also attended this prestigious seminar.