India steps up pace on E-Governance

India steps up pace on E-Governance

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E-Governance should finally be a visible reality soon in Indian corridors of power (GOI) formulating plans for setting up a mother portal for E-Governance that will facilitate a government-citizen interface and establishing a national institute of e-governance, a training and consultancy center.

The two projects are the largest and most ambitious projects of their kind and will accelerate ground level implementation of E-Governance across all the 78 ministries at the centre, and facilitate mass level awareness and learning.

The projects have received a go ahead from the high-powered committee (HPC) on E-Governance. The administrative reforms and public grievances ministry and the ministry of Information technology(MIT) with the National Informatics Centre (NIC) will be the key drivers for both the projects.

The e-governance mother portal, which is expected to be called “India Portal” (a decision on the name has not been finalised as yet) will be a hub for all the major processes which call for a government-citizen interface-application forms, certificates (birth/death/land), registrations, education, schemes and programmes, banking, regulations, legal issues, bill payments, etc.

Apart from this the portal will also as the single window interface to all government website and information. The portal will also have a special interface for Non Resident Indians, with crucial information on investing in India, patent applications, rules and laws, money transfer,etc. and will also feature as special section for government employees where pension, provident fund, retirement, and tax related information will be made available.

To further support this initiative the government has mooted a proposal to set up a National Institute of E-Governance for which it has appointed NASSCOM as a consultant. According to Dr. Vivek K Agnihotri, Additional Secretary, Department of Admistrative Reforms and Public Grievances, GOI, the proposal to set up the national institute of E-Governance is primarily to address the four issues. “One is the documentation of successful initiatives of E-Governance in different parts of the country so that if someone else is planning on similar line of initiative he would not have to start from the ground up. The second is the standardisitation of software technology used for E-Governance especially in the area of revenue collection, grievances and disaster management. The third is to provide consultancy to various state level departments and offices on a commercial basis with the provision of e-governance training and education both in offline and online formats being the fourth issue.”

With these concrete initiatives, E-Governance, which was a small subset of the IT taskforce accounting for a near 5-6 recommendations of a total of 108 recommendations have moved to become the primary agenda of the government.