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Digital Democracy Has Huge Significance For Future, Says Odisha CM

17 January 2020


Bhubaneswar: The society is deliberating on a very pertinent theme “Digital Democracy- IT For Change”, which has relevance to the current as well as future times, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while addressing the audience at the 53rd Annual Convention of Computer Society of India at KIIT in Bhubaneswar on Friday.

Patnaik asserted that it facilitates citizens to take part in participatory governance and bring greater transparency to the system. 

"Recent reports suggest that data consumption in India is one of the highest among countries in the world. The diminishing gap between ‘Data Rich and Data Poor’ is helping us to develop an information based society that is more egalitarian in essence and thus, more democratic. Though digital democracy is at a nascent stage now, it has huge significance for future," he added.

Patnaik stated that Digital Democracy encompasses social, economic, and cultural conditions that enable free and equal practice of political self-determination.  Digital Inclusion is an inherent necessity of Digital Democracy just like Social Inclusion is the need of Democracy.

The Chief Minister said that his Government is always committed to engage the people of Odisha with Digital space and providing efficient public services through digital solutions. The 5T initiative of the government is a real platform to have participatory governance.

"The Five-T Mantra is based on the philosophy that Technology, Transparency, Teamwork and Time lead to Transformation. We have made various reforms in Labour Management, Health Sector, Skill Development, Disaster Management, and many other areas where citizens are directly participating in the Governance process. I believe we are in the right direction in ensuring digital democracy in Odisha," he added.

While congratulating all the awardees of the event and particularly, the Team Odisha, Patnaik said the Convention will definitely have a positive impact on the IT scenario of India in general and Odisha in particular.