The Digital India initiative & working towards building an empowered society & economy

The Digital India Summit & Awards 2017 was held on the 23rd of March, at Hyatt Regency, in New Delhi. It was a day of power packed discourses, debates, unearthing key challenges of the Digital India Initiative & working towards building an empowered society & economy. There were a number of panel discussions which took place. The third panel discussion that took place was around the topic – ‘The Backbone’ of Digital in India. This discussion was with a number of expert panelists, namely-

  • Kamal Nath, CEO, Sify Technologies
  • Rama Vedashree, CEO, Data Security Council of India
  • Aseem Jakhar, Co-Founder, Nullcon
  • Pawan Duggal, Cyber Law Expert
  • Bishwanath Ghosh, CIO-Corporate, Mahindra & Mahindra
  • Dhimant Parekh, Founder,
  • Amit Bhingare, Head IT & Network Operations GTL

During the discussion, the panelists made quite a few noteworthy comments on the topic. Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that there’s a general resistance to digital adoption in India. Speaking on Telecom operators, Dhimant Parekh said that all operators may have to use each other’s networks to offer better connectivity to end users. He believes that Digital is going to be easy for life & that Indians will readily embrace the Digital life. Amit Bhingare said that Telecom companies must take efforts to ensure that everyone is connected. The panelists also said that setting up a Digital infrastructure in India won’t be easy and will be quite expensive. However, Bishwanath Ghosh said that the expected value is far more than the cost. Cyber Law Expert- Pawan Duggal, stressed on the importance of cyber security for Digitization, especially at an educational level. He also said that proactive Cyber Security Solutions should be in place for online payments. He further added that regulations with stringent fines must be put up so we can deter violations of Data Security Laws. Rama Vedashree commented on regulatory agencies as well & said that regulators across various sectors must collaborate to enforce better measures. Addressing the recent issue of Demonetization, Kamal Nath said- “It accelerated digital adaptation, jump is not done yet” Bishwanath Ghosh said that going Digital was a top priority for Corporates as well.

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