Modi after inaugurating a three-day conference of e-INDIA at Mahatma Mandir at Gandhinagar, Gujarat said that mobile phones were being used by commoners with ease and showered praises on the state, as it is the first to spread the usage in governance. He also expressed his desire that Indians use IT with much ease as they handled mobile phones efficiently.
Recalling the fact that India missed it to make the most out of the opportunity during the Industrial Revolution, as it was buried under slavery, he however, praised the fact that the country was able to come out of it and adapted Information Technology calling India's stupendous effort to move to turn into a ‘mouse churner’ from a snake-charmer.
He further said that the Gujarat Government’s major initiatives included e-Dhara for computerisation of land records, Citizens’ Charter providing information about 100 public services at 300 Janseva Kendras, e-Gram, broadband connectivity in all the 18,000-odd villages in the state, SWAGAT to redress online peoples’ grievances, long distance learning and e-Mamta.
Stressing on the letter 'e', he said, that the letter took care of easy, economic and effective governance.
The others to do honours on the occasion were Shankar Agrawal, Additional Secretary, Union Government and Ravi Saxena, Additional Chief Secretary (S&T), Gujarat.