India’s most popular event Star Nite Awards (SNA), popularly recognised as the DNA of the Channel was held last Friday, where 700 CXOs had gathered to discuss and deliberate on ‘Sustainability and Digital Transformation with Simplification’, with the aim of improving client experience for profitable growth. The day-long session was organised by Kalinga Digital Media, the information-communication-technology (ICT) publishing house that celebrated its 18th anniversary and hosted the 16th edition of Star Nite Awards ceremony.
Digital India will lead the country into a digitally empowered society
Mr Deepak Kumar Sahu, Publisher and Group editor, (VARINDIA & SPO INDIA), in his welcome address spoke on the need for increased access to internet, Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), connectivity and social media, and how they have completely changed our lives and the business landscape as a whole. “There is huge potential for ICT to drive sustainability forward, and both businesses and national players have a crucial role to play in this. We at SPO INDIA is committed to leveraging technology to solve some of India’s most urgent environmental issues, and focusing on key areas where we believe we can have the most positive impact by bringing together our another flagship publication, VARINDIA. We are trying to bridge an alliance between the industry, the Government, the social sector and the society at large.
To complement the efforts, Digital India will leapfrog the country into a digitally empowered society in the next five years by enabling consumers, citizens, small businesses, traders and farmers to harness technology for efficiency and productivity. Digital offers significant economic and societal opportunities and benefits to multiple stakeholders from consumers, business, government and citizens in areas like digital democracy, together with communication, participation, engagement and feedback of one or more citizens in the democratic process. Digital India will be the major accelerator of economic and societal transformation and will impact all stakeholders enhancing their quality of life.”
(From Left to Right): Mr. Shrikant Sinha, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation; Mr Ajay Choudhary, DGM – Marketing ALIMCO; Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, Former DG & CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs; Mr Deepak Kumar Sahu, Publisher and Group Editor, (VARINDIA & SPO INDIA); Chief Guest, Shri. Ram Kripal Yadav, Hon’ble Minister of State for Rural Development and Land Resources; Ms. Madhu Madan, Country Head – Resource Mobilization, HelpAge India; Ms. Dipanwita Chakraborty, Regional Director, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainable Development, Asia Pacific, Cargill; Mr Avijeet Kumar, COO, CAF India; Ms. Meghna Garg, Associate Director – Facilities & Administration, Thomson Reuters and Mr Rajeev Gupta, CIO – Air One Aviation.
CSR to play a big role in developing the under-developed areas of the country
Shri Ram Kripal Yadav, Hon’ble Minister of State for Rural Development and Land Resources, Government of India was the Chief Guest at the event and he kick-started the event by lighting the ceremonial lamp. The Hon’ble Minister in his keynote address emphasised that CSR is the need of the hour and that it should be promoted for the welfare of the country. “India is a huge country and 70% of its population reside in its villages. Even after 70 years of independence, the condition of the villages or the lifestyle of the people living in these villages has not improved. Development in areas of food, electricity, water, sanitation is still a far cry. The government is doing its bit in introducing schemes from time to time for such people but due to challenges in last mile, these schemes are not reaching the right individual. It is here that CSR is going to play a big role and NGOs & different corporates involved in CSR should take this responsibility upon themselves to act as a bridge and provide these services to the people there.”