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"Technology in Governance - Opportunities, Challenges & Necessity"

Speaker: Munish Moudgil, IAS


"Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains” Rousseau.

Every government is a revolution turned into a chain. It may surprise you but even the government wants to be nimble, transparent and, yes, loved by the people. Why then it ends up complex, unpredictable and large (huge!)? “Technology will set us free”, the mantra that government also chants but doesn’t reach its elusive nirvana. The simple solutions are there right under our noses and we in Government don’t see them. In that lies innumerable opportunities. This talk tells of collaborative efforts. It shares some examples of large scale computerization/IT in govt. Gives a glimpse of big IT projects in government  - the existing ones and ones which can come about. Attempt is to give an inside view to entice some mad mavericks to make them choose to work with the government in transforming it. Scale in government is huge, it directly impacts lives of millions of poorest of poor and also sets  & operates Rules of the Game for everyone.


Bio of Speaker

Mr. Munish Moudgil is currently the head of the of state COVID War Room and leading the efforts for COVID control and management – particularly by use of technology. He implemented the tech based contact tracing, home quarantine, testing, patient management by in-house IT team. As Commissioner Survey, he headed State Land Records & Survey – Brought Land Records & Maps on Mobile (DISHAANK – which has more than a MILLION downloads).

He also headed the Citizen Service Delivery – Created ONLINE & READUMADE repository of caste, income and residence certificates of all 6 Crore plus citizens which can be printed anytime and anywhere. The effort won National e-Governance Award in 2019-20.

While heading the Crop Loan Waiver Scheme Implementation: Rs 15000 Crores were paid to 25 Lakh Farmers in record time through end-to-end IT System [created in-house in 2 months] and saved about Rs 10000 Crores through use of IT.

He also invented and implemented Disposal Index– A Quantitative Digitally Automated Method to Measure Promptness of Citizen Service Delivery.(www.govtanalytics.karnataka.gov.in). As additional mission director in Sakala Mission – His In-Time Citizen Service Delivery System won the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Civil Services. He also implemented the Drone Based Land & Property Survey which happens to be first in the country.

As Managing Director of Govt Electricity Distribution Company (GESCOM), he turned it profitable. He worked in all the formative years in the IAS in worst Naxal affected & least developed districts in the country in Odisha [MalkangiriKalahandi & Bolangir – called KBK Region – recognized as the least developed areas in the country].

Event Date: 
Wednesday, 13 January 2021 - 5:30pm