It will be a proud moment for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir when 25th National e-Governance Conference will be held here for two days i.e. November 25 and 26 at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University Kakryal in Katra. The prestigious confer- ence coincides with ‘Good Governance Day’ celebrated on 25th December every year and will provide an excellent opportunity to the officers of Jammu and Kashmir UT who will be among more than two thousand Govt officers attending the conference to get national level exposure thus augmenting their awareness about the role of e-governance in leading to Good Governance. It would not be wrong to state that once any administration be it at the National, State or the UT level achieves hundred percent e-governance, the outcome would automatically be ‘Good Governance’. It would not be out of context to mention here that in this regard the Government’s ‘Digital India’ initiative is already aimed at establish- ing a knowledge economy and transforming the nation into a digi- tally empowered society, which is the beneficiary of Good Governance and J&K Govt along with other States and UTs is leav- ing no stone unturned in the endeavour to provide prompt, efficient, transparent and totally accountable administration for the better- ment and welfare of the common citizens. It would be no exagger- ation to state that the efforts made in this direction by the J&K UT Administration led by the astute administrator Lt Governor Manoj Sinha are much better than most of the other States and Union Territories across the nation and have been already paying divi- dends with majority of services in almost every government depart- ment being provided digitally. However, the 25th National e-gover- nance Conference being held here is undoubtedly going to add gloss to the e-governance in this Union Territory as the delibera- tions, debates and discussions during this prestigious conference shall provide new inputs to the officers on further pacing up their ini- tiatives to enhance e-governance in this sensitive region that has just come out of over three decade trauma of Terrorism. It is perti- nent to mention here that the theme of this Conference is ‘Bringing Citizens, Industry and Government Closer’ and during the confer- ence there will be discussion on some of the latest technologies for· promoting e-Governance and sharing knowledge and insights on the themes identified for the Conference to be inaugurated by MoS PMO Dr Jitendra Singh and presided over by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. The six sub-themes in plenary sessions which will provide precious inputs to the stakeholders are ‘Digital Governance Across Whole-of the-Government’; ‘Digital Economy Strengthening Start-up Ecosystem· & Employment Generation’; ‘Modern Laws to Promote National Growth and to Secure Citizen’s Rights’; ‘Transparent and Real-time Grievance Management System’; ’21st Century Digital Infrastructure for Next-Generation Services and Security in Cyberspace’ and last but not the least ‘Shifting the Gear on Emerging Technologies from Exploration to Population Scale Solutions. Similarly the parallel breakout sessions will provide valu- able information on the themes like ‘The role of e-Governance in bridging the digital Divide’; ‘Digital Governance for enhancing Ease of Doing Business and Ease of living’; ‘Next Generation Service Delivery Platform: Inclusive, Transformative and Sustainable’ and the last one being J&K specific i.e. ‘Digital Transformation in Jammu & Kashmir’. It is hoped that all the stake holders especially the offi- cers of J&K Govt will learn from the experience sharing about effec- tive e-governance tools for benefit of the society at large thus achieving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Minimum Government, Maximum Governance’.