Nagpur: More than 600 delegates are expected to participate in the 19th National Conference on e-Governance beginning in Nagpur, Maharashtra tomorrow. This will include 150 delegates from Maharashtra and 250 from other States including as many as 50 participants from the Private Sector. Addressing a press conference in Nagpur today on the eve of the two-day Conference, Usha Sharma, Additional Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) said students and faculty members of local Engineering and Technology Institutes will also hold discussions during the six plenary sessions over the next two days.
The Conference will include an Exhibition and brainstorming sessions by subject experts. Four books on e-Governance will be released during the inaugural session. The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari will be the Chief Guest while the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh will be the Guest of Honour at the Inaugural Function. Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) Devendra Chaudhry will also address the Inaugural Session.
Usha Sharma said the National Awards for e-Governance for the Year 2015-16 will be presented during the Valedictory Session of the Conference. Eighteen awards, including ten Gold and eight Silver under various categories, will be given away by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis on Friday, January 22, 2016.
Lauding the host city Nagpur, Usha Sharma said it is a matter of great pride to hold this prestigious conference. Maharashtra State Government took the initiative for hosting what would be the first National e-Governance Conference in the state, she added. Usha Sharma expressed the hope that the clean and green city of Nagpur will be a strong contender among the 98 cities vying for inclusion in the first stage of the Smart Cities project.
The two-day Conference is being organized by the DARPG and Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Government of India in association with the Government of Maharashtra.