FEATURED INDUSTRY EXPERTS
Key Note Spaker
Shri Amitabh Kant
Chief Executive Officer, NITI Aayog
Mr. Amitabh Kant is presently CEO, NITI Aayog - a Government of India Think Tank for catalysing the development process. He is a member of the Indian Administrative Service, IAS (Kerala Cadre: 1980 Batch). He has driven award-winning initiatives, such as ‘Make in India’, ‘Startup India’, ‘Incredible India’, & ‘God’s Own Country’, that have positioned India and Kerala State as leading manufacturing & tourism destinations.
Shri Rajeev Chawla
CKO, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
Shri Rajeev Chawla (IAS) serves as the Chief Knowledge Officer for the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare for Government of India. Having served as Additional Chief Secretary eGovervance for Government of Karnataka for the past five years, he has driven key projects such as Kutumba, FRUITS, e-Sahamati & Bhoomi, which have contributed to Karnataka's growth. Suvidha was his most recent project in Karnataka.
Shri Abhishek Singh
President & CEO, NeGD, & CEO, MyGov
Mr. Abhishek Singh currently serves as the CEO for MyGov, President & CEO for NeGD and also MD & CEO, Digital India Corporation, all under Government of India. He is a member of the 1995 batch, IAS with diverse experience in administration, law & order, development program implementation, & policy formulation at Central Government with regard to use of Technology for improving Governance.
Shri Amod Kumar
Deputy Director General, UIDAI
Shri Amod Kumar (IAS) serves as the Deputy Director General for UIDAI. Ranked 5th in India in the Civil Services Exam, he has 24 years of administrative experience in Uttar Pradesh, the biggest state in India with a population of about 230 million. He has contributed significantly to Public Policy, e-Governance, Education, Grievance Redressal, Health & Family Welfare, & received special mention for his e-Governance project at the Stockholm Challenge award.
Shri Rajan Anandan
Managing Director, Sequoia Capital (India & SEA)
Mr. Rajan Anandan serves as the Managing Director for Sequoia Capital, South East Asia and India. A keen entrepreneur, investor, and businessman, he is focused on expanding the Internet ecosystem in the region, increasing adoption among consumers and businesses and accelerating innovation. His career includes leadership roles at Microsoft, Dell, & McKinsey & Company, & his most recent venture at Google.
Ms. Nidhi Bhasin
CEO, NASSCOM Foundation
As CEO of NASSCOM Foundation, Ms. Nidhi Bhasin is working to pivot towards focused strategic growth by providing employability driven skills to underserved youth, encouraging & incubating tech for social good and fostering women entrepreneurship. She has been working towards building an inclusive India through technology & partnerships in the industry, NGOs, emerging social enterprises & Government.
Shri Sanjay Jain
Partner, Bharat Innovation Fund
Mr. Sanjay Jain is a partner at the Bharat Innovation Fund, which invests in early stage, IP driven companies and is associated with Center for Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIM Ahmedabad. Sanjay is also the Chief Innovation Officer at CIIE, where he leads efforts to help create, promote, and encourage entrepreneurship in areas around digital technology.
Dr. Jaijit Bhattacharya
President, C-DEP Research
Mr. Jaijit Bhattacharya serves as the President of Centre for Digital Economy Policy Research (C-DEP) and Adjunct Professor at IIT Delhi. A noted Government transformation expert, he has been responsible for creating the next generation of solutions for governments based on open standards. Bhattacharya advises on e-governance strategies to governments worldwide, including countries such as Sri Lanka, Japan, etc.
Shri Amit Shukla
Founder & Managing Director, EasyGov
Mr. Amit Shukla founded EasyGov in 2015 and currently serves as the Managing Director for the organization. A passionate consultant yet an even more passionate changemaker, Amit's 15+ year experience in GovTech spans across countries. Awarded Champions of Change by PM Shri Narendra Modi, Amit leads the cause for a progressive, dynamic governance system that caters to its citizens while boosting its economy.
Shri Anuj Gupta
Designate Chief Technology Officer, EasyGov
Shri Anuj Gupta was an Executive Architect IBM AI and Analytics (SI Lab). He has 30 years of core development and tech leadership experience, and has worked towards conceptualising and designing NATGRID (Counter Terrorism System post Mumbai Attack) for Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India in 2010-11. He has served as a Tech Mentor to EasyGov, and is a core member of the EasyGov family.
Celebrating its 7th year as the first GovTech Startup working in Social Protection, EasyGov is honored to host the Govtech India Summit this year. Key industry leaders will engage in meaningful conversation to discuss the future of Social Protection & potential of GovTech Startups in India.
Calling all GovTech startups to register & submit nominations* today for a chance to interact and exchange ideas with key leaders & eminent personalities in GovTech.
*Note: This is an invite-only, physical event to ensure that we achieve the desired outcomes.
GovTech India Summit, held on 19th May
2022 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
Access key summaries and transformative that occured at the GovTech India Summit on 19th May, where the theme was solving for social protection, GovTech, and the world.
2 EXPERT PANELS
"GovTech - A Multi-Billion Dollar Opportunity to Serve the Billion
"GovTech is an opportunity to serve a billion citizens. How can GovTech startups work with the government? What will it take for the Government, Investors, Founders to drive the GovTech startup revolution in India for the world."
The objectives of any government expenditure on technology are to put people first and to design and deliver services/ benefits that are accessible, affordable, and inclusive. GovTech is defined as the technology used by governments for improving internal efficiency and/or delivery of services, as well as interacting externally with citizens and businesses. GovTech should not be confused with start-ups having government clients. GovTech is an $800 Billion market with a 20% CAGR globally.
Indian start-ups are doing extremely well in FinTech, EduTech, eCommerce, HealthTech, DeepTech, Agritech, etc. However, GovTech is a challenging area for start-ups and it is reflected in the fact that there are very few GovTech start-ups in the country. The GovTech consist of the following globally.
Financial Inclusion and Welfare (Social Protection)
Justice and Legal
Energy and Utilities
Culture and Tourism
Tax and Regulations
Policing and Security
Health and Social Care
Trade and Logistics
International Development and Diplomacy
Transport and Mobility
EasyGov, one of the pioneers in GovTech, is working in Financial Inclusion while eGovernment foundation, another pioneer in GovTech, is working for municipalities. The start-up policy had given three important waivers to start-ups in Government procurement:
Experience in similar or related projects
Turnover for the last few years
Age of the bidder organisation
The GeM became a cornerstone in enabling standard product procurements from start-ups. The Defence Acquisition Council for the first time has cleared the procurement of 14 items worth Rs 380.43 crore from Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) start-ups.
However, this couldn’t be replicated for procuring innovative products from start-ups. The key to building world-class products/services is innovation. However, it is counter-intuitive to have three competitive bids for an innovation challenge – it defeats the purpose. The Swiss challenge method was adopted to solve the issue of a single bid for innovation procurement. However, it has been challenging for the government to procure from start-ups based on this mechanism.
The growth of the GovTech start-ups is limited by:
Slow government procurement process - What should we do to solve procurement of innovative products/ solutions from start-ups.
The risk-averse approach of the government and the GFR restrict the procurement of innovative solution products.
Complex project implementation structure burdens small startups and is further exacerbated by frequent changes in stakeholders.
Limited monetisation opportunities due to the restricted use of data collected from the project. Absence of legal framework for data sharing.
"Re-imagining Social Protection at Scale"
"There can't be a better time to re-think the traditional program-centric welfare models, and leverage technology to minimise exclusions. It is essential to know what the constraints & the opportunities are to enhance government-citizen engagement without additional fiscal burden."
The social protection challenges:
The combined Central & State Government budget for social protection in the current FY is Rs 18 Lac Crore i.e. Rs 5,500 per family (with a total of 30 Cr. Families) per month, considering 90% of families need social protection.
Only ₹35,399.40 Crore could be spent from ₹78,521.24 Crore cess collected for construction worker welfare (The Hindu - Feb 3, 2022). Such spending requires support from systems .
The government’s operational expense on education till class 12th is Rs 42,000 per student per year.
The Agriculture ministry has over 100 farmer welfare schemes.
There is a high error of exclusion in social protection. How much money is each family getting and how is that helping them to come out of the social protection net?
The Government is under immense pressure to do more with less.
The economic divide is increasing.
Citizens are demanding greater accountability due to increased awareness.
The number of people who need help is increasing.
Such pressures increase during periods of stress induced by pandemics, wars, or other natural or manmade disasters.
The purpose of social protection is to provide adequate levels of health, housing, education, and food support to families marginalized due to socio-economic and geopolitical reasons. The families need to be encouraged to come out of social protection net and move to a higher level of health, housing, education, and food support through livelihood intentions.
The social registry is being considered as a mechanism to address the above issues and is being implemented in several states. Some common myths about social registries are as follows:
Myth 1 - There are just 30-40 data points required for eligibility checks for all welfare schemes.
Reality - There are over 300 data points to check the eligibility. We have arrived to this number by automating hundreds of welfare schemes in each state.
Myth 2 - Citizen data required for eligibility checks doesn't usually change.
Reality - Gender can be changed, DoB can be corrected, and caste certificate can be wrongly issued. 150+ data points have validity for less than a day only.
Myth 3 - A department will trust data captured by another welfare scheme that is not the true owner/source of data.
Reality - Department will trust caste or income data from the revenue department only or disability from the health department only.
Myth 4 - The definition of Family is static.
Reality - The families shall be derived based on dynamic relationships in run time for the intended purpose.
It needs to be discussed as to what should we do to make social protection family-centric (currently program centric) and progressive (for families and the national economy).
The governance structure for social protection – Should it be managed by several ministries or by one ministry/ department for social protection and other ministries/departments are to focus on just livelihood opportunities in their respective areas.
What is an optimal mechanism for delivering social protection through DBT – In kind or in cash?
What should government do to make sure that benefits reach the right person at right time in the appropriate quantity till the last person standing? How do we achieve 'antyodaya'?
Ownership and use of family data for purposes other than social protection – Issues of privacy/event-driven consent mechanism.
During the survey-based approach or aggregation of data from the line department, who should verify the data if citizens request for change in data?