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India Stack enabled setting up of 9800+ Atal Tinkering Labs

Newdelhi:9/7/22:As a part of Digital India Week celebration from 4 July – 9 July 2022, a three days’ dedicated event titled “India Stack Knowledge Exchange” is being organized from 7 July to 9 July 2022. The four sessions were held on 8th July 2022 as part of the virtual event.

Health Stack

The first thematic session was held on ‘Health Stack’. Dr. R. S. Sharma, CEO, NHA shared insights on CO-WIN and its scale leading to the delivery of 2 Billion doses of covid vaccinations. He informed me that the platform is robust enough to handle a peak of 25 Million API on the day. He also said that a unified health interface will integrate various healthcare systems to provide a common interface to stakeholders. Dr Praveen Gedam, Addl. CEO, NHA & Mission Director, Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) explained the ABDM and emphasized Electronic Health records and their role in creating a digital health ecosystem. Dr. Seema Khanna, DDG, NIC shared the genesis of Aarogya Setu, its impact in terms of 216 Million downloads, and how the privacy concerns have been taken care of. Dr. Sanjay Sood, Project Director, CDAC moderated the session and shared his insight on e-Sanjeevani, a telemedicine solution that has benefitted 8.1 Million consultations.

This was followed by two parallel thematic sessions titled ‘AgriStack’ and ‘Technology Stack for Skilling’.


Mr. J. Satyanarayana, Chief Advisor, C4IR India, World Economic Forum delivered the keynote address on “IDEA- India Digital Ecosystem for Agriculture”. He articulated the challenges faced by the farm sector in India and the value-based approach of IDEA. He emphasized on moving from “system thinking” to “ecosystem thinking” with IDEA. The session on AgriStack was moderated by Dr. Ranjna Nagpal, Sr. DDG, NIC, and the eminent panel included Mr. Rajeev Chawla, Chief Knowledge Officer & Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare, Dr. Vinay Thakur, Chief Operating Officer, NeGD, MeitY, and Dr. Kapil Ashok Bendre, Director, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer’s welfare. The panel deliberated upon the need for a farmer’s database, farmer ID, and integration of farmer-centric systems and databases. The challenges in identifying real farmers and targeted delivery of services were discussed along with dynamic solutions facilitated through FRUITS (Farmer Registration and Unified Beneficiary Information System). The soil health card workflow, its coverage on a pan-India basis, success stories, and potential use cases were discussed. Electronic National Agriculture Market (E-NAM), its coverage across 1260 agriculture markets across 25 States and UTs were explained. A mobile-based app called M4AGRI and Kisan Sarathi and their operational status in 6 NER States were covered. The panel concluded that the integration of agri-related systems is the way forward as envisaged under IDEA.

Skilling Stack

Dr. Jaideep Kumar Mishra, Additional Secretary, MeitY moderated the Technology Stack for Skilling. Mr. Hemang Jani, Secretary, Capacity Building Commission, Ms. Deepali Upadhyay, Director-AIM (NITI Aayog), and Ms. Kirti Seth, CEO, NASSCOM – Future Skills, graced the sessions as panelists and put forth their views on Mission KarmaYogi, Atal Tinkering Lab, FutureSkills Prime, Digital Literacy, Capacity Building Through Technology and in. It was also shared in the session that 9800+ Atal Tinkering Labs were only possible due to the technology stack and other platforms developed by the government and external agencies.

The last session of the day was on the theme ‘Digital Inclusion and Connecting Unconnected’.

Digital Inclusion and Connecting Unconnected

This session was moderated by Mr. Sushil Pal, Joint Secretary, MeitY. The thought-provoking panel discussion was graced by Mr. Abhishek Singh, CEO, MyGov, Mr. Sanjay Kumar Rakesh, CEO, Common Service Centre (CSC), and Mr. Anil Agarwal, Addl. Director, NeGD & Dr. Padmaja Joshi, Sr. Director, CDAC. The panel contemplated the challenges associated with digital inclusion and deep-dived into discussions on MyGov, CSC, UMANG, and Seva App Store. The panel concluded that technical challenge is not the critical factor in enabling effective delivery of services, but it takes a lot of effort to bring process reengineering, change management & capacity building of stakeholders.

The recorded sessions can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/DigitalIndiaofficial. The final day of the India Stack Knowledge Exchange 2022 will be held on 9 July 2022.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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