Jalandhar, August 28
To provide relief from endless wait to those applying for various government documents or certificates and enable submission of application, supporting documents, photos or fee with the click of a button, a Class XII student, in a research paper, has suggested bringing various government departments or agencies on a common digital platform.
Talking to The Tribune, Anmol Rattan Singh Sandhu, said he has written the paper with an aim to give a push to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship Digital India programme. He has already sent the proposal to Narendra Modi and the NITI Aayog, the think tank that advises the government on various issues of policy making.
“With the e-governance solutions that I have suggested in my paper, a person can instantly download the document such as domicile or caste certificate,” he said.
At present, various government organs work in total isolation and a citizen has to run from pillar to post, Anmol said. “My suggestion is that the government must bring all its data on one digital platform and let entrepreneurs and start-ups access it”, he said.
A student of SGGS Collegiate Public School, Chandigarh, Anmol has a lot of interest in use of mobile technology in governance, which he says aroused after demonetisation which heralded the digital economy in India. “I have been keenly following debates on use of Aadhaar in delivery of government services. Now, I am eagerly waiting to hear from the Niti Aayog, so I can go and make a presentation to them on my idea”, he said.
Meanwhile, Anmol thought his way through the uses of digital technology and the needs of a common citizen, and found a solution, but an expert helped him shape his idea. “When I first listened to Anmol, I realised he has a very innovative idea that touched on various aspects that must be identified and woven together along with an implementation roadmap”, said, Dr. Sachin Garg, Visiting Assistant Professor of Technology and Policy at ISB Mohali, adding that roadmap then resulted in his research paper.
Tandeep Kaur, Sandhu’s computer science teacher at SGGS Collegiate Public School, said Anmol has been a precocious student with a head for complex digital issues.