Central team checks out Kerala’s e-Governance initiatives

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Trivandrum: A team of high level bureaucratic delegation lead by Sathya Narayana IAS, Secretary, Department of Electronics & IT, Government of India and Gaurav Dwivedi IAS, Director visited Thiruvananthapuram to understand the various e-Governance initiatives undertaken by the Kerala Government and to review the status of implementation of these initiatives with the notion of replicating them in other States.

The team also held discussions with K Jayakumar IAS, Chief Secretary and other Secretaries on the integrated e-Governance delivery services to be rolled out in the State. Briefing the delegation about the ongoing e-initiatives, P H Kurian IAS, Principal Secretary (IT) underlined that Kerala has pioneered the implementation of several e-initiatives of the Government of India and thus became a role model to many other Indian States by their effective and timely execution.

The visiting team thoroughly reviewed the advancements in implementing the programmes, particularly the e-District programme and the State Service Delivery Gateway (SSDG) programmes. The delegation explored the possibility of replicating some of the successful e-models of Kerala like the e-literacy programme, common service centres, e-district etc. in other Indian states.
 
e-District is a State Mission Mode Project under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP). Kerala State IT Mission was the implementation Agency for the pilot project in Kannur and Palakkad districts. The SSDG project was formulated under NeGP to fulfil the vision of integrating all services across departments and provide the same through Common Service Centres (CSSs) and State portals.

Concluding the deliberations, Kurian said that the State IT Policy, to be announced soon, ‘will have its thrust on e-service delivery to citizens of Kerala.’ A futuristic, integrated service delivery framework has been chalked out by the Kerala State IT Mission, envisaging a single identity for citizens to log in to a State portal, to access the services A detailed, long-term plan is under preparation now, in consultation with all departments focussing on high volume, high impact services. Government Secretaries and senior officials representing the departments including Revenue, Finance, Public Distribution, Health, Police, Motor Vehicles etc. also participated in the deliberations.

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