E- government throws up opportunities in India

E- government throws up opportunities in India

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Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have emerged as leaders in e-governance inititiatives and Uttar Pradesh is right at the bottom. AP and Karnataka are followed by Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh. And next in line are Rajasthan, Gujarat and West Bengal, according to the interim findings of a Nasscom study of 10 states in India is close to Rs 1,200 crore and is growing at about 18-20% annually over the last two years, says Nasscom. Surprisingly, funding is not such a big constraint.

“Most state governments are either letting people for the service as they use them or employ built own and transfer model,” says Sunil Mehta, head (research), Nasscom. And this spells big opportunities for small and mid-sized companies.

“Consultation for e-governments projects is an area which is expected to see increasing demand in the next 12 months. As more and more state governments begin to implement projects to provide online services, the need for consultation in choosing the right architecture, software, hardware and databases and also in choosing the vendors is increasing,” says Sunil Mehta.

The slew of project announcements by various state governments has given rise to a number of opportunities for IT vendors: Consultancy, Connectivity, Computerisation and networking, Application development, Citizen services. Consultation for e-governance project is an area, which is expected to see increasing demand in the next 12 months. As more and more state governments begin to implement projects to provide online services, the need for consultation in choosing the right architecture, software, hardware and databases and also in choosing the vendors is increasing.

Projects relating to establishing statewide Wide Area Network through Virtual Private Networks are most popular among the state governments. So far, Andhra Pradesh (APWAN), Gujarat (GSWAN), Rajasthan (RSWAN), West Bengal (WBSWAN) and Kerala are the only states that have statewide connectivity up to the district levels and in some cases up to the block level.

Some of the notable ventures under this head include the Andhra Pradesh government’s SMART Card for Access Control Systems and Attendance, Collectorate automation system, revenue and treasury operations. Karnataka too has initiated a variety of projects in these areas.

The low level of department computerization in the other states presents a unique opportunity for IT vendors across the country. These projects help in micro-level monitoring, GIS applications for e-governance and disaster management systems. Applications developed include databases of agricultural and water resources, crop statistics, development programme beneficiary information and the like.

Andhra Pradesh has spearheaded citizen services throughout with projects like e-Seva in a large way. These cater to bill payments, grievance registration and issue of licenses and act as information kiosks to provide government information and file tracking. Kerala, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka have already implemented theses services in various measures. Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are venturing into telemedicine projects to take home the medical experts opinion to district level public health centers.

Source: The Economic Times, 17 October 2002