Gangtok: November 24, 2011
Two days long SIKITEX 2011 was inagurated by K.T Gyltsen, Speaker, Sikkim Legislative Assembly at Chintan Bhawan in Gangtok on November 24, 2011. The SIKITEX organised for the third consequitive year by the Department of Information Technology, Government of Sikkim had the theme “Citizen Centric e-governance”.
Addressing the inaugural function the Speaker said that the information and technology is necessary for the betterment of human development to become empowered to face the global challenge. He further said that technology enriches human beings for knowledge and comfort. Suggesting the students the speaker said that the students should empower themselves in the field of technology using the facilities provided by the government in every schools. He also suggested that they should access the new technology through their own observation with positive information which would be beneficial for them in their future. He said that the state government has given priority for the development of technology in the state and to empowed all the departments through new technology. He wished to have a meaningful outcome from the exibition and hoped that this exhibition will give special platform and exposer to the people. He also congratulated the department for making the exhibition sucessfull.
The Chief Guest also presented an Award of Rs. 25000 (Twenty five Thousand) and Certificate as “Information Technology person of the year” to Ganesh Kumar Rai, President of Melli Dara Gram Panchayat Unit for his contribution in taking e-governance at the grassroot level.
During his speech N.K Pradhan, Minister Information and Technology said that the objective of holding such exhibition is to empower the citizen towards e-governance and encourage in employment generation in technology sector. He also highlited the inititives, schemes and future plan of the state government in the field of technology and its plans for interconnecting all the government estabilishment and public sector through e-governance. He also urged the Joint Secretary Information and Technology, Government of India to give more support and fund to the state government. He also wished to make the people computer literate and making of computer knowledge mandatory for applying the government jobs. He also requested the entire departments for their involvement and contribution in the development of information technology and become an examplary state in the country.
Dr. Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, Information Technology, Government of India, Principal Sponsor, Accenture Service Ltd. and Development of Advance Computing, Kolkatta also addressed the function.