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ndia has changed much since Independence, but in the last decade or so, it has alsotransormed a bit.Change and transormation are loosely used as synonyms, though in reality, they are worlds apart. Change is a routine and in that sense, it’s a constant. ransormationis a one-time phenomenon and in act, even changes the course o a routine.Every year, the season changes, but that doesn’t bring about any transormation in theearth’s troposphere. Periodically, general elections bring changes in the government but thatdoesn’t transorm a nation. Yet, a well considered change can trigger a transormation. Ingovernance, policy-level changes have sometimes led to transormations.Te transormation o the telecom landscape in the country is a case in point. It wastriggered by the ormulations o National elecom Policies o 1994 and o 1999, a key objective o the policies being to “acilitate aordable and eective telecommunication or all.”Once again, India is on the verge o a transormation—this time in the space o e-Governance. Te National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) is in place and so are the otherimportant aspects.It is signifcant that Sam Pitroda, who is credited to have architected the telecom revolutionin the country while serving as technology Advisor to India’s PM in the 1980s, is back at itagain. Tis time, he is Advisor to PM on Public Inormation Inrastructure & Innovations.One o the two key tasks at his hand is to drive creation o an inormation inrastructureor delivery o services to citizens. Tis will serve as a undamental building block o e-Governance in India.He will also be charting a roadmap or a “Decade o Innovation” in India. He, however, talkso a new brand o ‘innovation’ that ocuses on the organisation and the system, rather thanocusing on materials and technologies. From an e-Governance perspective too, “innovationin system” is critical to bring about a transormation.e-Governance is getting another transormation block in the orm o Unique ID project,headed by Nandan Nilekani o Inosys ame. Te project has rightly been renamed as Aadhar,which means oundation.Hopeully, when the e-Governance stakeholders meet and brainstorm at the e-India2010event in Hyderabad on Aug 4, the process o transormation will be accelerated.
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