Kerala is a leader in digital awareness and technology literacy Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan


BW Businessworld hosted Envision – Digital Transformation Conclave 2019 in Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on September 26, 2019. Several industry leaders and key government officials of Kerala including Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan graced the event .

“Nowhere in India will you get such a digitally savvy and technologically educated population as you can here across the state. ”Said Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala at the second edition of Envision – Digital Transformation Conclave.

BW Businessworld hosted Envision – Digital Transformation Conclave 2019 in Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on September 26, 2019. Several industry leaders and key government officials of Kerala including Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan graced the event .

“We live in an age where technology prohibits all facets of life. Existing ways of doing things are being replaced by new innovations brought by technology, from the life of the common man on the streets to visionaries who run large companies. In this context, the fact that BW has chosen Kerala as the base for the second edition of Envision Digital Transformation Conclave gives us immense pride and pleasure.

Kerala is unique in many ways. While Kerala is commonly known to some for the Aayurveda and Spice industries, CM Vijayan spoke about Kerala’s digital developments in all sectors including education. “The state has achieved a high level of human development, comparable to that of many Western countries. Nowhere in India will you find a population as digitally aware and technologically literate as you can find here statewide. However, this also presents unique challenges for e-governance. As people’s expectations and awareness are very high, e-governance applications here need to be a higher degree in terms of standard. The Government of Kerala has carried out many systemic interventions such as Kerala Fiber Optic Network and Kerala Skills Delivery Platform (SDPK) to increase governance as well as human capital as well as technology evolution .

Kerala CM Vijayan recognized that digital transformation is highly essential and that this is the way forward for new Indians and new Keralas. Among his many initiatives, he mentioned a few such as the availability of the Internet. “We have declared that Internet access will be ensured as a right of citizens in order to enable the whole of Kerala society to enjoy the benefits of digital disruption.

The CM said the government has kept its promise of free Wi-Fi points that have been installed in nearly 2,000 public spaces, including government offices and parks across the state. “We are leaving no stone unturned in building a digital society and a knowledge-based economy. The majority of government services in Kerala, whether applying for financial assistance under CMDRO or obtaining permission to establish industries, are now available on the Internet. “

He concluded by speaking for the common man: “Development is not just about increasing national income; it is also a question of ensuring that the benefits of growth qualitatively improve the ascension of the ordinary man. This is what we are trying to do in Kerala. Technological innovations from both government and business side need to be highlighted in this space to find answers on how improvements can be made in such aspects for the common man. I welcome all administrations, companies, startups, NPOs in this space to test their technological innovations in Kerala.


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