Sam Pitroda

  • India has achieved lot during UPA, but not communicated well: Sam Pitroda March 25, 2014

    New Delhi: The country has achieved a lot of things in the last 10 years under the UPA government, but "we haven't communicated well", Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information and Innovations, said on Tuesday. The upcoming elections are India's most important polls in recent history,...
  • Congress hasn't done much on marketing: Pitroda January 19, 2014

    Bangalore: Congress has not marketed its achievements well, but there was still time for it to do so and the party would 'definitely' win the coming Lok Sabha polls, Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovation, said on Sunday. "Of course Congress party hasn't done...
  • Rahul should have connected better, but give him a chance: Pitroda January 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Sam Pitroda, Prime Minister Manmoahn Singh's adviser and a close aide of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, said on Thursday that Rahul Gandhi should have connected better with the general public. He, however, also said that this condition did not make him unfit for the coveted PM post. In...
  • India at tipping point, public discourse needs to change: Pitroda November 12, 2013

    Allahabad: Miffed at criticism by Opposition parties of the UPA government's performance on the economic front, adviser to the Prime Minister Sam Pitroda, on Tuesday asked how could they say "nothing had been done when there has been a decent rate of growth for over a decade and the country...
  • Sam Pitroda organises a Twitter conference on Gandhi Jayanti October 1, 2013

    To mark the 144th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi, Sam Pitroda, Chairman, National Innovation Council, has organised a Twitter conference to discuss the life and message of Mahatma Gandhi. The Gandhi Heritage Portal was also launched by the Prime Minister recently. The Portal, now available at www.gandhiheritageportal.org, was developed by...
  • India will be back to 8 per cent growth soon, says Pitroda June 15, 2013

    Ahmedabad: Sam Pitroda, adviser to Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations, on Saturday expressed confidence that the country will regain the growth rate of 8 per cent soon. "The Union Government is doing its job. For the last ten years, we have been continuously clocking 8 per cent growth. Though...
  • Pitroda asks PM to reactivate GoM on spectrum vacation May 17, 2013

    New Delhi: Time is appropriate to "reactivate" the GoM on spectrum vacation that could free over 122 Mhz of radiowaves as DoT has almost completed alternate communication network for defence forces, Sam Pitroda, Adviser to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has said. "With the anticipated completion of the terrestrial network for defence...
  • India's Railway Board in world's top 5 railroad networks May 4, 2013

    New Delhi: India's Railway Board is vested with the powers to oversee and manage what is ranked among the world's top five railroad networks and one of the largest employers, with an estimated 1.4 million people on its rolls. The board, including its chairman, comprises seven members, each entrusted with...
  • Telecom sector is undergoing transition: Sam Pitroda April 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Terming the present state of the Indian telecom sector as a transition phase, National Innovation Council Chairman Sam Pitroda on Monday said the next revolution is expected to be much bigger than the earlier one. "We are just going through a transition, everybody goes...
  • Need to open up government data to public: Sam Pitroda January 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Sam Pitroda, adviser to the prime minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations, on Tuesday called for "democratisation of information" and "opening up of government data" to the public. Addressing a Broadcast Engineering Society function, the technocrat said broadcasting should be seen in the light of "democratisation of information...
  • Pitroda to hold first global press meet on Twitter November 1, 2012

    New Delhi: Sam Pitroda, Adviser to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, will hold the firstever global press conference on Friday on microblogging site Twitter to discuss global innovation. "Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Indian Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations and Chairman, National Innovation Council will host the first...
  • UPA gets tech savvy, holds firstever Twitter conference September 26, 2012

    New Delhi: The UPA clearly is in a war mode. After a slew of reforms, the government has launched an image revamp exercise. And leading it is the man responsible for India's communications revolution Sam Pitroda who is hoping to do a Narendra Modi for the Congress. Pitroda held a...
  • Newsmaker of the Day: Sam Pitroda September 25, 2012

    The government turned to social media on Tuesday as Sam Pitroda fielded questions from journalists on Twitter. ...
  • Full transcript: Sam Pitroda's Twitter conference on 'democratisation of information' September 25, 2012

    New Delhi: Following the mouse clicks of techsavvy Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, the UPA government held its first Twitter conference. Sam Pitroda, the Prime Minister's adviser on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations, answered questions from Twitter users on 'democratisation of information' between 3:30 PM and 4:15 PM on Tuesday. Pitroda...
  • Pitroda on Twitter: Govt for democratisation of info September 25, 2012

    New Delhi: After the government faced criticism for socalled censorship of Internet, a key advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sam Pitroda, on Tuesday took to Twitter to answer queries on how information can be "democratised". "I firmly believe that information is the fourth pillar of democracy along with legislature, executive...
  • Govt goes live on Twitter, Pitroda answers queries September 25, 2012

    New Delhi: Following in the footsteps of the tech savvy Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, the UPA government held a 'press conference' on Twitter. Sam Pitroda, the PM's adviser on public information, addressed a conference on 'democratisation of information' between 3:30 and 4:15 pm. Pitroda used his Twitter handle @pitrodasam for...
  • Railways cannot be safe without modernisation: Sam Pitroda July 30, 2012

    In an interview to IBN18 EditorinChief Rajdeep Sardesai, Sam Pitroda stressed on the need of the modernisation of Indian Railways. ...
  • Delhi food banks to help distribute food among poor June 9, 2012

    New Delhi: Delhi will soon be the first city in the country to set up food banks through which excess cooked and uncooked food will be collected from wedding receptions, parties, social functions, hotels and individual donors for distribution among hungry and poor people. The scheme is being modelled on the...
  • Sam Pitroda gets honorary degree from US University May 19, 2012

    New York: Sam Pitroda, advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has been conferred with an honorary degree by New York University's Polytechnic Institute, considered among America's most prestigious and oldest private schools specialising in engineering and technology. Pitroda gave the commencement address to the graduating class of about 1000 students at...
  • Pitroda's projects will change face of Kerala: CM May 15, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: Noted innovator, tech evangelist and policymaker Sam Pitroda has drawn up some 10 major projects for Kerala's resurgence that promise to change the face of the state, says Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. "We are confident that given Pitroda's acumen in projects that he will present, this is certainly going...
  • Railways could add 2 pc to India's GDP: Pitroda April 4, 2012

    Gandhinagar: Sam Pitroda, advisor to Prime Minister, on Tuesday said railways could add as much as two per cent to country's GDP if its operations are revamped and modernised. "Railways done right could add 2 per cent to GDP. It is used by common people, it is used to haul coal...
  • Jairam meets Bihar CM, reviews Central schemes April 1, 2012

    Patna: Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the latter's official residence and reviewed the implementation of Central flagship schemes in the state. They discussed the progress in implementation of the Prime Minister Grameen Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and reviewed other projects to be taken...
  • 'No need for special category status for Bihar' April 1, 2012

    Patna: There is no need to grant special category status to Bihar to help it woo private investment as the state has sufficient resources to develop on its own, Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Pubic Information Infrastructure and Innovations said on Sunday. "Everybody is asking for special assistance,...
  • Railways: Pitroda panel suggests modernisation surcharge February 27, 2012

    New Delhi: Seeking to raise an investment of close to Rs 6 lakh crore for railway modernisation, a high level committee on Monday suggested levying a surcharge in this regard from passengers and disinvestment of railway PSUs among other options to generate funds. The Sam Pitrodaled committee has recommended that the...
  • Govt invites applications for TRAI chief's post February 20, 2012

    New Delhi: The Department of Telecom (DoT) has invited applications for TRAI Chairperson's post, which will fall vacant on the retirement of JS Sarma in May. The new telecom regulator will take over at a time when the industry will be bracing up for 2G spectrum auctions. TRAI has to issue...
  • Trivedi looks for fund ahead of Rail Budget February 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Ahead of Rail Budget, Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi on Monday met Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia as the national transporter looks to explore several avenues to shore up its finances and funds for its modernisation plans. At the hourlong meeting at the Rail Bhawan, the two are...
  • Second phase of telecom revolution yet to come: Sam Pitroda February 5, 2012

    On Devil's advocate, the father of Indian telecommunication Sam Pitroda said that Supreme Court's verdict on 2G will not affect the telecom revolution. ...
  • Don't blame govt for 2G mess: Sam Pitroda February 6, 2012

    New Delhi: Father of Indian telecom revolution Sam Pitroda said that we should not blame any government for the cancellation of the 122 2G licences by the Supreme Court as it was part of a process. He also said that the court order will not make any difference to the...
  • Newsmaker of the day: Sam Pitroda February 1, 2012

    The Congress is making attempts to project Sam Pitroda as the modern OBC face in Uttar Pradesh. ...
  • UP polls: Congress sop opera to lure voters January 31, 2012

    Lucknow: The Congress on Tuesday released its UP manifesto and promised a subquota for backward Muslims and even considered one for backward Dalits. This is a move to counter freebies offered by the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP). And the target vote is very clear. Muslims and...