Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Thursday said that technology plays a crucial role in governance.
The chief minister said this while delivering his address during the second day of The Global Dialogue Security Summit being held in Shillong. He said that technology and IT-enabled services have helped in monitoring the different programmes and initiatives of the Government and aided ineffective service delivery to the people.
"With the use of technology to monitor pregnant mothers in the state through the 'MOTHER' programme, the Government has been able to increase the institutional deliveries. We will be touching almost 70 per cent in the next three years and even maternal mortality has come down. When it comes to road projects technology and the internet has helped to gather data and monitor the progress of critical road infrastructure being implemented in the State", the Chief Minister said.
Speaking at length on the different aspects of a digitally connected world the Chief Minister also said that reaping the benefits of the information age requires that information networks and systems be stable, reliable, available and trusted adding that the integrity, security and stability of cyberspace, in general, requires concerted action from all.
The Chief Minister also said that Information and technology has opened avenues for self-employment especially for the youth of the region and it is in the best interest that these opportunities are utilised to usher in the better economic growth of the region and the country as a whole.