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Government departments today are in transition, and the challenge is that the data resides in a range of isolated, incompatible data silos. For any of us who either owns a house or pays tax, or wants to apply for a passport, the process has to be easy and seamless. For this to be a reality, technology providers will have to go through some serious tolerance test and challenges to bring out significant change to processes, reducing the burden on both the citizen, as well as of government departments managing these processes.
After years of a predominantly agrarian economy and complex procedures that reduce ease of business, can we turn the tables to beat Made in China? Can we really become the Digital India of Modi's dream? Can our roads and public areas become cleaner? The truth is that the time for ifs and buts in India is over. We can take inspiration and even solace from several successes over the last few years, but it is time now for acceleration.