(From L to R: Sam Pitroda,Advisor to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovations; Alok Bhargava, CEO - Strategic Support Group, IL&FS; Deepak B Phatak, Distinguished Fellow, Skoch Development Foundation; Sameer Kochhar, Chairman, Skoch Group; Ram Sewak Sharma, Director General, UIDAI; Som Satsangi, Director-ESS, HP India; Lt Col H S Bedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Tulip Telecom; H Krishnamurthy, Principal Research Scientist, IISc, Bangalore)
At the 25th Skoch Summit held in March 2011 , we laid emphasis on Shifting to Demand Side Governance.Since the last few years we are witnessing a paradigm shift, armed with the Right to Information and a hyper-active media, the citizenry is getting more active and participative towards felt needs based governance and has a heightened expectation form public services delivery. Mr. Sam Pitroda talked about how technology has and will play a defining role in reaching the last mile. There are numerous opportunities in this space that need to be further explored. Dr. D.B. Pathak emphasized on the need of Swadeshi Software and it's importance regarding internal security and digital sovereignty.
(From L to R : K G Karmakar, Managing Director, NABARD; Devaki Jain, Member, Advisory Council, National Institute for Advanced Studies ; M S Aiyer, Hon'ble Member, Rajya Sabha ; Sudha Pillai, Hon'ble Member Secretary, Planning Commission ; O P Bhatt, Chairman, State Bank of India ; D B Pathak, Director, Skoch Development Foundation )
Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar talked about how 139 different schemes of the government that ultimately target the same population are being routed through different ministries resulting in grave inefficiencies. There has to be convergence of action between various departments of the govt. machinery. Ms. Devaki Jain diverted our attention towards gender discrimination that is so rampant and why economic policies should also have a gender perspective so as to upliftment one of the most marginalized sections of our society. She also talked about co-operatives and how they could play a major role in financial inclusion .
( From L to R : Sameer Kochhar, Chairman, Skoch Group; D B Pathak, Director, Skoch Development Foundation; Bibek Debroy, Distinguished Fellow, Skoch Development Foundation; H Krishnamurthy, Principal Research Scientist, IISc-Bangalore; Devaki Jain, Member, Advisory Council,National Institute for Advanced Studies; Surjit S Bhalla, Chairman, Oxus Research & Investments; Prajapati Trivedi , Secretary (Performance Management), Cabinet Secretariat)
To ensure inclusion one has to have a new approach towards poverty alleviation. Since markets and reforms involve greater exposure to risk and uncertainty, there must also be inclusive social security systems that can transcend the formal/organized sector and encompass self-employment. Aadhar is a first step in this process of identification and may become a key catalyst for a permanent shift towards demand side governance. Dr. K G Karmakar and Mr. O P Bhatt re-emphasized that the primary objective of their organization is to include the majority living on the edge into the mainstream of society.