Maharasthra Current Affairs

19th National Conference on e-Governance begins in Nagpur

The nineteenth edition of National Conference on e-Governance has begun on 21 January 2016 in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

It was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari and the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Dr. Jitendra Singh.

This edition of conference has been organised by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) in in association with the Government of Maharashtra.

Key facts

  • The two day conference aims at discussing various aspects of e-Governance ranging from Technology Enabled Services to Cyber Security framework.
  • More than 600 delegates have participated in the conference including 150 delegates from Maharashtra and 250 from other States and 50 participants from the Private Sector.
  • The Conference also included an exhibition and brainstorming sessions on-Governance by subject experts. Four books on e-Governance were also released at the inaugural session.
  • National Awards for e-Governance for the Year 2015-16 in eighteen categories including 10 Gold and 8 Silver under various categories were presented during the Valedictory Session.

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Microsoft to develop digital villages, cyber-security centre in Maharashtra

Software giant Microsoft has agreed to develop ‘digital villages’ and a ‘smart MIDC’ (industrial colony) in Maharashtra under state’s flagship ‘Make In Maharashtra’ initiative.

It was announced by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis after he met Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during his visit to company’s office in Seattle, US. The location of the smart MIDC is yet to be decided.

Microsoft will also set up cyber-security centre in Maharashtra’s IT hub Pune and also agreed to adopt a tribal village in Melghat district in order to provide ‘tertiary health services’.

Both sides also discussed application of cloud services to MSMEs and technological solutions for implementing Right to Service Act.  Microsoft will also help state government develop ‘Safe Maharashtra’ mobile application to provide security to vulnerable people by tracking them.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also met Boeing CEO Raymond Conner and discussed expansion of MRO operations at its plant in the industrial facility of Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport (MIHAN) in Nagpur.

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