NeGP to replicate ICT success stories

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Tvm: The National e-Governance Programme is looking for successful ICT programmes from various states for replication across the country. This was stated by Anurag Goyal, Director, National e-Governance Programme, during a chat with Kerala IT News. Anurag was on a two day visit to Kerala coinciding with the stop of the Commonwealth Express at the Thiruvananthapuram Central Station.

Talking to Kerala IT News, Anurag said, “There are several good e-Governance projects which have been implemented by State Governments but unfortunately we have not been able to replicate their success on a national level. We are now on the lookout for good projects that will bring the G2C services to the people at the grassroots level. Irrespective of whether it’s done by a Government agency or Private, on Proprietary or Free software, we would like to replicate ICT success stories”. Anurag is also the Director of Department of IT under the Ministry of Communications & IT, Govt. of India.

The Department of Information Technology (DIT) would soon bring out guidelines on implementation of ICT programmes and e-Governance projects. What is worthy to note is that every State in the country has some e-Governance project. As part of the National e-Governance, the DIT plan to scale up the number of Common Service Centres to 2.5 lakhs from the present 1 lakh CSCs. The DIT is happy with the progress of the UID Aadhaar project and the first few pilots are going on satisfactorily. The Government would start introducing the same in the next couple of months but a complete roll out across the country would take two to three years.

According to him, the Commonwealth Express is a great initiative by the Indian Railways to endorse ICT along with promoting sports. This has helped in creating awareness about ICT and its importance as well. The Commonwealth Express has seen an overwhelming response in the last 64 days with over 5 lakh people visiting it at 31 stations. By the time the train completes 50 stations on October 2, 2010 on its journey back to Delhi, it would have played a substantial role in bridging the knowledge gap. The Commonwealth Express will be in Kollam on August 27 and in Ernakulum on August 28.

Six coaches of the train are devoted to showcasing the various facets of ICT, each dealing with one aspect of how IT has been working as a ‘change agent’ bringing social and economic transformation across India. One of the focal points is the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) which is a major initiative towards the concept of ‘good governance’. “e-Governance has more to do with governance and the use of IT to remove the gap between government and citizens”, he added. The Kerala IT Department with its various agencies is also showcasing their ICT achievements on this occasion.

Anurag visited some Akshaya eKendras in Trivandrum and Kollam Districts today to have a first hand experience of the e-Governance projects and G2C services being offered there. According to Korath V Mathew, Director, Akshaya who accompanied him during the visit, “He was quite appreciative of the progress made by Akshaya and said that this could be the best model for the country.”

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News

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