|Minister for Information Technology, Panchayathi Raj and Rural Development (Government of Andhra Pradesh)|
|Assumed office |
2 April 2017
|Chief Minister||Nara Chandrababu Naidu|
January 23, 1983
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
|Political party||Telugu Desam Party|
N. T. Rama Rao (grandfather)
Nandamuri Balakrishna (uncle and father-in-law)
Nandamuri Harikrishna (uncle)
Nara Rohit (cousin)
Nandamuri Kalyan Ram
|Children||Nara Devaansh |
|Parents||Nara Chandrababu Naidu (father) Nara Bhuvaneshwari (mother)|
|Residence||Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh, India|
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
|Alma mater||Carnegie Mellon University (B.Sc.)|
Stanford Graduate School of Business (M.B.A.)
Nara Lokesh (born 23 January, 1983) is the Cabinet Minister for Information Technology, Panchayati Raj and Rural Development in Andhra Pradesh. He is the son of Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and Telugu Desam Party Chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu and Nara Bhuvaneshwari, and grandson of Telugu icon and Star turned politician N. T. Rama Rao.
Lokesh claimed in January 2013 that Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party derived the Direct Benefit Transfer System from a TDP proposal submitted to the central government. Nara Lokesh became Cabinet Minister for Information Technology, Panchayati Raj and Rural Development in Andhra Pradesh in 2017.
Early life and education
Lokesh has an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and Bachelor of Science with specialization in Management Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University.
Lokesh started out in politics in 2009 when he started managing the Telugu Desam Party’s affairs. He helmed his father’s campaign in Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh, the same year, showing off his abilities to manage the vagaries of politics. With behind the stage work in 2009 and active participation in 2014 general elections Lokesh took up the onus of cadre welfare and then became Party General Secretary, he climbed the rungs of the Party to eventually become a member of the Politburo, the highest decision-making body of the party. Lokesh not only managed the party, interacted with party workers and citizens, but also actively started charting the Party policies and strategy.
Lokesh is credited with successfully managing the TDP party’s ambitious membership drive that added five million to the cadre base. The digital tech used by the onboarding team—tablets, live data feeds and a real-time dashboard—was probably the first such use of high-tech for enrolling and managing party cadre in the country. And in 2017, Chandrababu Naidu inducted Lokesh as an MLC and a month later he was inducted as the Cabinet minister for IT, Panchayathi Raj and Rural Development.
No stranger to the rough and tackle of politics, Lokesh has quickly made a place for himself in the electoral canvas of the new state. He has been the driving force behind making the state leap forward in digitising and delivering governance and social welfare schemes. His passion and focus on technology has led to the state setting new standards in the IT-related domains of cybersecurity and fintech.
In his watch, India’s first ever government-backed Cyber Security Security Operations Centre, (AP- CSOC), was designed, developed and launched, Asia’s largest Tier IV data centre went live in Amaravati, and Vizag can rightly claim its place as one of the most vibrant fintech hubs in the country.
Lokesh has laid the groundwork for e-Panchayat that helps in the transparent devolution of funds and increases people’s participation in decision making.
Development and welfare models
Lokesh is designing the Trust’s healthcare program to provide the poor with better access to medical attention, deliver need-based and efficient health care services at the door-step and expand outreach both in rural and urban areas. He is organizing blood banks, health camps (mobile clinics and eye camps).
Lokesh oversees the disaster response program of the Trust that operates in times of natural calamities. This involves ensuring speedy and smooth execution of the relief measures through a hierarchy of coordination committees.good
for listing members with all their details and the data to be available online on a real-time basis, a first-of-its-kind initiative by any political party in India.
Each active member of the party will get a personal insurance cover of ₹2 lakh in case of a fatal accident, ₹2 lakh for permanent disability, ₹1 lakh for the partially disabled, and ₹50,000 in case of accidental injuries.
Lokesh-led party online membership drive fetched TDP 53+ lakh members.
Awards and Recognition
Nara Lokesh was adjudged the “Skoch Person of the Year” in 2018, for his innovative use of technology while resolving issues related to drinking water supply, transparency in governance, and other activities under his Panchayati Raj portfolio.
In May 2018, the Business World magazine conferred the “Digital Leader of the Year” award on Lokesh at the Businessworld Digital India summit in New Delhi. The award recognises the best utilisation of technology in governance. The same year, the Kalam Centre for Livable Planet Earth and Sustainable Development, recognised Lokesh's efforts in the successful integration of technology in rural governance and awarded the innovation award to Andhra Pradesh in the Panchayat Raj and Rural Development category. Lokesh was also awarded Kalam Innovation in Governance Award- 2018.
In September 2018, Lokesh was invited to represent India at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Entrepreneurship Summit and Annual Meeting of World Champions in Tianjin, China. In the following month, Lokesh became the only Indian politician to be nominated to the WEF’s Network of Global Future Councils (NGFC), an interdisciplinary knowledge group that deliberates on agile governance in terms of emerging technologies and business models.
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