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How Technology Can Transform India To A Developed Nation
People of India are now hopeful and positive for the fact that we have a government that understands importance of these things and is implementing its plans and producing results
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The difference between developed and developing country is now reduced to an extend where India is one of the fastest growing country in World-When we observe closely the functioning of both places (India and US) and how they differ from each other. So here it is, in spite of sustaining growth rates of around 7 per cent each year we still remain a developing country. World Bank refers it as Lower Middle Income Country. Various parameters are used for this categorization but the most important one is the standard of living of the citizens of the county. So the question that lies ahead of us is how do we become a developed nation? Nations develop when their citizens prosper and for this they need to have a decent income that improves their standard of living. How do we achieve this? A lot of things have to be developed, improved and more importantly implemented.
We need to provide:
o Education that makes people employable
o Healthcare for everyone
o 100 per cent power / electricity to all parts of the country
o Better Transport System
o Revolutionizing Agriculture
o Conservation of Environment and Natural Resources
o Safety and Security for citizens and corruption free Government
Now there are many experts who believe that achieving all this and transforming India into a developed nation would take another 60-75 years. I believe this can accelerated and achieved much sooner - may be in the next 15-20 years by making full use of technology. India is one of the biggest providers of technology outsourcing and there is no reason why the same technical knowledge cannot be used to expedite and accelerate the growth of our own country.
Education can be the means of mass transformation if handled well. India is one of the youngest countries in the world. We have more than 33 crore of our population in the age group of 15-24 which accounts to more than I /4th of our total population. This would be our working population and drive the country's growth in the next few years giving us an enormous advantage. We have to use technology. Internet and bring E-education to every nook and corner of the country.
Health is important for every individual. It's a healthy mind and body that would make an individual more productive. Again, technology can help is bring quality healthcare to every Indian, at a reasonable cost. Mobile health clinics, rural doctors who can consult super specialists sitting thousands of kilometers away using modern communication methods including video conferencing. Ability of these super specialists to review electronic data x-rays and other medical tests online and be able to provide directions to patients in rural India can be achieved.
400 million Indians in over 20010 villages still do not have access at all to electricity. This needs to be solved. Being a tropical country harnessing, solar energy is one of the solutions but investments need to be made in these technologies. Also, safe nuclear power plants must be built. India has an energy crisis and only quick implementation of latest technology in solar and nuclear energy would solve this problem and remove the stunted growth that we see in many parts of India.
Indian transport system is highly under developed. A research conducted by a leading provider of online survey tool SoGoSurvey (www.sogosurvey.com) depicts that there is a need to re-plan Public transport systems according to the traffic and population. The concept of Smart Cities introduced by the Central government is wonderful. We only have a handful of Metro cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and a few others. Introduction of Smart cities would divert migration of employment seeking people to these cities as well.
India is still an agricultural country. With proper implementation of technology there can be a second green revolution in India, Some of the ideas include more accurate prediction of weather, less dependency on rain, construction of dams to control flow of water, advanced fertilizers and manure, new system for lending finance to farmers thus controlling, the farmer suicides.
Conservation of Environment and Natural Resources:
It is high time that we think about our environment and find alternatives to non-renewable resources and also find ways to establish them in our day-today lives. We need to make use of renewable sources of energy such as solar energy and design and manufacture equipment which not only make use of such resources but are also affordable so that they can be widely used.
Safety & Security and a corruption free country:
This is one of the most important issues because without security everything else becomes secondary. E-governance can be implemented so that we can control if not eradicate corruption and lay down a more transparent legal system.
People of India are now hopeful and positive for the fact that we have a government that understands importance of these things and is implementing its plans and producing results. The ideas are there, there is a vibe of optimism around the country but most importantly if the implementation and execution falls in place we can come out successful. India will be a developed country in next 20 years.
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