India to launch more Public Digital Platforms shortly – Secretary, MeitY

New Delhi: Mr. Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, while addressing the inaugural session of IndiaSoft-2021 International Exhibition and Conferences, organized by Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC) yesterday late evening said that the public digital platforms being developed by India for healthcare, education, agriculture, matching jobs with skills, logistics etc would be launched soon.

The public digital platforms in these avenues would add to India’s digital backbone and are being developed by a pool of experts and will open up a lot of opportunities for the private sector for developing tools and devices that can help citizens to access such platforms and to carry out their innovative pursuits; Mr Sawhney said, adding that countries, all over the world, could take advantage of these innovative products.

IndiaSoft 2021, which is being held digitally this year, will have country specific buyer-seller meets and conferences to promote Indian products and solutions mostly from the MSME and startup sectors. There will be B2B meets focusing on North America, Europe, Africa, Japan, South Korea, Latin America and the Middle East. The event is being attended by over 1000 delegates from 76 countries. The exhibition, which kicked off on 9th March will continue till 31st March.

Mentioning that India’s public digital platforms such as Unique Identification Card (Aadhar), payment gateways like UPI, Paytm Phone-pe, G-Pay etc have opened up new digital ecosystem in India, Mr Sawhney said India has developed considerable depth and expertise in creating such platforms. Our talent pool, consisting of some of the best brains, can help your country in progressing digitally to move towards an inclusive society; he added. He invited Industry to develop value added services to ride on these platforms.

The MeitY Secretary also referred to the progress being made in the area of Software Products and Solutions using technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) etc and revealed that a startup of 15 young technocrats had developed an App during the Covid-19 pandemic days to identify the people infected, people living close to the area, identifying the containment areas, explaining the methods for social distancing, sanitization and many other things. The same App is also being used for getting the target group vaccinated. These are some of the breakthroughs India has achieved in the Covid-19 days and that momentum would continue in innovation, disruption and value adding to products and processes; he added.

Earlier while welcoming the delegates, Mr. Nalin Kohli, Chairman, IndiaSoft said that the special feature of this year’s event was the large participation from countries like the US, Singapore, the UK, Israel, Germany etc, which would enable Indian exhibitors an opportunity to display their products and solutions to the discerning buyers also from the developed countries and also set up joint ventures with them for co-development in India. India having more than 50,000 startups can emerge as an important technology hub by focusing on innovation and disruption, he said, adding that Indiasoft, over the years, have been playing an important role in promoting Indian MSMEs in reaching out to other markets.

Mr. Sandeep Narula, Chairman, ESC said that Indian IT got a boost during the pandemic days. He also referred to several projects being implemented by the government during the tough times to insulate the Indian economy from the adverse impact of the pandemic. Those proactive schemes implemented by the government including Production Linked Incentives would have a marked impact on the future growth of India, he added.

Mr. Gurmeet Singh, Executive Director, ESC in his Vote of Thanks assured that ESC and Indiasoft would continue to showcase India’s ICT capabilities to the world.