India to be e-governed in five years

Posted on: November 11, 2011

  • As the government is leaving no stone unturned to accomplish its ambitious e-governance program, Minister for Communications and IT Kapil Sibal said there is a need for state governments and other departments to coordinate with the Centre to facilitate social participation in e-governance initiative.
  • Speaking at an industry event in New Delhi today, Sibal said social inclusion is important. “Disempowerment needs to be addressed, which is in fact the main challenge,” he told the gathering. “There is a paradigm shift in communications technologies today and we are on the verge of creating a new world,” he stressed.
  • The government, however, is making efforts to bring Electronic Services Delivery (ESD) Bill. All the states will be mandated to make the public services available to citizens electronically within five years. Sibal said he’s optimistic about tabling the ESD Bill in next Parliamentary session. We need a proper mechanism to eliminate human errors and corruption. With e-governance, human interface will be eliminated,” he said. Sibal also said that through this system, strong action will be taken against those who involve in corruption.
  • Rs 30,000 crore is available with USO fund and the government is looking to utilize it for creation of fiber infrastructure. “High quality software and a robust IT industry is needed to facilitate fiber optic network to deliver public services in the country,” Sibal said.
  • Planning Commission has already said that post offices will have ATMs to facilitate money transfer. The digitization of data including land records is important, believes Sibal.

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