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  • With Madhya Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir entering into a tie-up for providing e-governance, Microsoft is trying to push the Central government to frame a policy in this regard so that more and more states can offer services through e-governance platform.

 

  • Microsoft India is also exploring possibilities in the health sector in Madhya Pradesh. We have spoken to Union IT ministry and we want states to work on cloud platform, as Madhya Pradesh is working for Jammu and Kashmir. MP is providing data, network and server for J&K government to develop e-governance facilities at various centres. This way J&K is able to save funds and speed up its service facilities,” Pratik Mehta, director public sector Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt Ltd told Business Standard here. After initial failures during previous Digvijay Singh-led Congress government, Microsoft India has made strategic investment in the state for unknown sum in various sectors.
  • We want the Central government set up application factory wherein various e-governance models of various states can be replicated to provide maximum benefits to citizens. This would not only save cost but will also help government to reach common masses in a better way,” he added.

 

  • Microsoft has covered a fair share on cloud computing platform in schools and colleges through its Live@edu project and Project Shiksha. The Live@edu project, on one hand, connects alumnae of various colleges and schools, project Shiksha is aimed at imparting training for school teachers on short terms basis in partnership with the state government. We have trained as many as 31000 school teachers by using state government infrastructure,” Irina Ghose, Director Education Microsoft told BS. Using Microsoft software and operating platforms, state government has launched its various projects like e-districts to reach common masses through digital route. However digitization of land records is the biggest issue for the government.
  • By using cloud computing platform, governments can slash their funds and offer maximum benefits. As Madhya Pradesh is providing support for J&K citizens in terms of e-governance, state government can offer more in health sector, sadly there is no IT policy for health sector,” Mehta added.

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  • 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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