Wednesday, 27 October 2021 07:13 GMT

We Aim To Take J&K's Industrial Revolution To Next Level: LG


(MENAFN- Kashmir Observer)

Jammu: The Union Territory Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Friday that his government's aim in Jammu and Kashmir is to make industrial revolution to next level, making investments today to maximize economic benefits in the future.

“I believe the power of new innovations combined with superior human capital is the perfect recipe to build a better tomorrow. Innovations will not slow down and the administrative systems, governance will have to put in place a new mechanism for faster adaptability,” Sinha said while addressing the Pan IIT-WOT 2021, a global virtual technology summit organized by Pan IIT Alumni India, through virtual mode at Raj Bhavan here on Friday.

“We aim to take industrial revolution to next level in J & K, making investments today to maximize economic benefits in the future. We are reforming government processes using technology, transforming skill sets of youth through modern centers of Innovation, Incubation, Invention, and Training,” the LG said, as per an official spokesperson.

He said that the LG stated that a flourishing innovation ecosystem where producers, service providers, users are on same wavelength will immensely contribute to PM’s dream of making India 'AtmaNirbhar'.

“PM Narendra Modi's mission to make India a hub of innovation & promotion of exponential technologies has made an immense impact in every possible sector. Graduation of India to the elite top 50 countries-club in the 2020 Global Innovation Index is a result of his vision,” Sinha said, as per official spokesperson.

He further quoted LG as saying that soon we would be sitting in the back seat of a car without the driver in the front seat as drivers-less cars loaded with software, connected through a cell phone with promise of zero accident may replace our old drivers and driving schools.

“Similarly, the days are not far when there won't be any electricity cable or solar panel. Our windows, glass panels, and roof itself would generate electricity. Maybe within few years, we will have to replace street lights in our cities because innovations in kinetic roads will generate their own energy to provide power,” the LG said.

According to the official spokesperson, the LG observed that we are witnessing a transformation that could change the concept of a classroom and instead of a human teacher, we have pre-programmed cell-phone teacher.

Sinha, he said, asserted that the new education apps, modules with the help of artificial intelligence and robotics one fine day would make the teachers obsolete, wherever possible. The LG, he said, also added that there is no doubt that technology is a great enabler but the pace of change also brings challenges for the government.

“We have to accelerate adoption of the technologies that assist us in growth and enable us to serve more citizens with evolving safety tools. We cannot say no to innovations. We have to identify areas where it can be implemented for the better service delivery or to create a better life for the people living in far-flung areas,” the LG said, as per official spokesperson.

He further said that the LG maintained that the advent of smart and new technological products, support from the centre under the leadership of our visionary Prime Minister, has provided the state governments a new opportunity to make public service delivery more efficient.

Recounting some of the major breakthroughs made in the governance front since he took over the charge of Jammu Kashmir last year in August, the LG, as per official spokesperson said that with initiatives like e-Office, bringing transparency in the execution of works, and completing the projects hanging in for long in record time, the UT Government has paved a solid foundation for the rapid growth of J & K.

“We have implemented a software module called 'EMPOWER' which enables every citizen with a mobile phone to see the work taken up in a particular village, the progress made and the amount of money released by the government. Digitization of government services has truly realized the Prime Minister's dream of 'minimum government, maximum governance,” Sinha said.

Mentioning the innovation of a young boy from Srinagar who came out with a smart app that uses AI technology to predict the optimal crop sowing date, he said, the LG stated that many of our youngsters in the Union Territory are working on Artificial Intelligence solutions to improve farm productivity.

He further said that the LG quoted Ray Kurzweil and said that due to explosive power of exponential growth, the 21st Century will be equivalent to 20,000 years of progress at today’s rate of progress and organizations have to be able to redefine themselves at a faster and faster pace.

“Technology will overtake technology for sure and engineers, innovators will be able to make a very different world for sure. Public service delivery will become swifter for sure,” the LG said.

Sinha, he said, also observed that new hope, fresh enthusiasm, and renewed energy is being seen in J & K because of our successful fight against two waves of the global pandemic and rapid pace of vaccination.

M.K. Stalin, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu; Krishen Dhar, Chairman, Pan IIT; Debashish Bhattacharya, General Secretary, Pan IIT; Sunil Khanna, Co-Chair, Program, Pan IIT Summit 2021, besides esteemed guests from the Industry, Startups, young engineering talents from across the globe attended the summit.

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