The 20th Edition of the National Conference for e-Governance 2016-17 has started in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Internet of Things and e-Governance’ and will be covering newly evolving areas of e-Governance across five plenary sessions. Key Facts The conference has been organised by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) and Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) in partnership with Information Technology, Electronics and Communication (ITE&C) Department, Andhra Pradesh Government. It is being held on the premise of “Minimum Government, Maximum Governance”. It will provide an opportunity for the public and private sector to discuss best practices and explore new areas of partnership in areas related to e-Governance by leveraging various technology initiatives. It will conduct plenary session include ‘Cyber Security policy for the future’, ‘IoT and Data Analytics’, ‘Digital Connectivity to the last mile’ and ‘Andhra Pradesh – Leading 4.0 which refers to the 4th Industrial Revolution. The conference is aligned with the Digital India programme of Union Government and it is the largest annual event in the arena of Governance reforms in the country. Last year it was held in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Note E-Governance is one of the subjects allocated to DARPG under the II Schedule to the Allocation of Business Rules, 1961. DARPG has been entrusted the role to promote e-Governance activities in consonance with the overall national objectivities and priorities. Whereas, DeitY’s mandate is to encourage e-Governance to empower citizens, promote inclusive and sustainable growth of Electronics, IT & ITeS industries.