governance: the poor suffered from indifference to the use of technology in governance before 2014: PM Modi

Before 2014, there was an environment of “indifference” to the use of technology in governance, from which the poor and middle class suffered the most, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday.

He claimed that the current government has ensured last mile service delivery using technology including drones.

Addressing a rally after the inauguration of India’s biggest drone festival in Delhi, he said: “At a time when we are celebrating Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, I dream that everyone in India will have a smartphone. by hand, every farm should have a drone and every house should have prosperity.”

The enthusiasm seen in India over drone technology is incredible and points to the possibilities of an emerging job-creating sector, the prime minister said.

He said eight years ago “we started implementing new mantras of good governance”. “Walking on the path of minimum government and maximum governance, priority has been given to ease of living and ease of doing business,” Modi said.

During previous governments, technology was seen as part of the problem and efforts were made to brand it “anti-poor”, the prime minister said.

“Because of this, there was an environment of indifference towards the use of technology in governance before 2014. The poor, the destitute, the middle class suffered the most,” he said.

“Promoting drone technology is another way to advance our commitment to good governance and ease of living. In the form of drones, we have a smart tool that will become an integral part of people’s lives,” said said Modi.

There was a time when people spent hours queuing for rations. Over the past seven to eight years, we’ve broken down that barrier through technology, he said.

Stating that earlier technological inventions were seen as reserved for the elite, the Prime Minister said: “Today we are ensuring that the masses are the primary beneficiaries of any new technology. One example is drone technology.

Technology has helped a lot in ensuring last mile service delivery, he said.

Prime Minister Swamitva Yojana is an example of how drone technology is becoming the basis of a great revolution, he said, adding that for the first time every property in the villages is digitally mapped and 65 lakh digital property cards were given to people.

Modi also said the use of drones will increase in sectors such as agriculture, sports, defense and disaster management.

Until a few months ago, there were various restrictions on drone technology. The Center removed these restrictions in a short time, Modi said.

He was referring to the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s relaxation of drone rules in August last year, in which it reduced the number of forms to be completed to operate them from 25 to five and reduced the types fee charged to the operator from 72 to four.

The prime minister said his government was strengthening the network of health and wellness centers across the country.

Noting that delivering medicines and other items to villages has always been a challenge, Modi said, “The delivery of these items with the help of drones will be very fast.”

He said the country had witnessed the rapid delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine by drones. “This (a drone) can help us send high-quality medical equipment and services to remote areas.”

People will see that not only in urban areas, drones have also found use in rural areas, the prime minister said.

“I again invite investors as this is the right time to manufacture advanced drone technology for India and the world,” the Prime Minister said.

“We are also moving towards creating a strong drone manufacturing ecosystem in India through programs such as the Productivity Linked Program (PLI). When the technology is accessible to the masses, the possibilities for its use also increase. accordingly,” he said.

Modi asked the youngsters to develop many more startups in the drone industry and said he was confident that the country’s police force will find the drones useful.

“Whenever there are big events like the Kumbh Mela, drones can be of immense help. In traffic jams, solutions can be found with the help of drones,” the prime minister said.

‘Bharat Drone Mahotsav 2022’ is a two-day event to be held on May 27-28. Along with Modi, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav and Rural Development Minister

Singh were present at the inaugural event.

Addressing the event, Scindia said nothing is bigger than an idea whose time has come and the drone is one of those ideas.

India was once a follower in the technology sector but has now become a leader, Scindia said, adding that technology will only succeed when it benefits the less privileged and the poor.

He explained how drones are being used for land mapping in villages under the Center’s Swamitva program which was launched by the Prime Minister in April 2021.

“A drone weighing just two to three kg will contribute to the government’s plan to push ‘gram swaraj’ (self-sustaining village) in India,” Scindia said, adding that the government banned the import of drones in February to give manufacturers national one push.

Scindia talked about the steps the government has taken over the past two years to boost the manufacturing and use of drones in the country. Currently, 12 central government departments and 14 states are using drones, he said.

Helen D. Jessen