India is a vast and developing country, it has the largest and fastest growing urban population in the world, it has never looked back or slowed down its urge to become a DEVELOPED country, there are many aspects to becoming a developed country, one of the major and ground breaking aspect in this age is E-Governance, providing government services, information and data accessible to every citizen of the country on cloud/in a click of a button through the form of Internet.
India is never far behind when it comes to Information Technology, we have some power pack organizations, institutes and individuals who have soar the skies with their vision and dedication to consistently mark India amongst world leaders in Information Technology.
Talking about governance and making #DigitalIndia, recently our present Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi announced the vision of E-governance through its initiative “DIGITAL INDIA”. Thou it’s a mammoth task but if we have proper guidelines, a strong blue print of implementation this can are possible in the next 5 to 10 years to say the least.
Recently, Indiblogger in association Intel initiated a topic on E-governance and Digital India, as part of the initiative they told us to join in and voice our thoughts and opinion on how e-governance through technology can accelerate this vision of digital India. So as the prompt goes I am sharing my pointers and views on the same:
- The processes and formation that includes all forms of electronic interaction and communication between the Government and the citizen.
- It is a platform to provide electronic services to the public both public and Companies/enterprises.
- Providing information about government plans and process, government level services, thou it is not just about information but also allowing citizens to actively participate, represent, encourage, suggest and consult with government electronically in a systematic way.
The government as we see hear and read about, clearly lacks:
- And above all, the ever growing corruption at many administrative government levels.
Why the four pointers are in existence is due to weak vigilance team/Hawk-eye to track the insufficiency and curb the corrupt on a consistent level. Clearly E-governance will change many aspects if it surfaces in the coming times.
- There shall be more transparency in the system while delivering data, service and procedures of Govt policies.
- Makes communication traceable and traceable between govt and citizen.
- Greater access to information.
- Creates a healthy competition between dept.
- Get more precise and accurate answers to queries due to automation.
- Enables unbiased audits for citizens and enterprises.
Why were we not thinking about E-Governance in the last decade or so?
- We lacked framework.
- We earlier didn’t have any citizen database across states and central government.
- No standard of secure E-governance structure.
- Lack high end data structures to fulfill the required free flow of data and storage for collaboration, interactions.
- Due to majority of illiteracy in rural India and lack of awareness means very limited interactions is observed.
- As a result no output/suggestion received to better the system.
How can E-Governance / #digitalIndia be implemented in INDIA?
- Analysis within govt dept, outsourcing software and layout structure, easy stage wise training programs.
- A sound, clear political leadership and detail oriented management.
- Simplify process by setting clear goals.
- Stage wise progress, starting implementing in phase to know flaws and redesign accordingly to achieve desired results.
Some initial Projects for E-governance:
- The digitalized Gujarat Module which includes “Tax collection State Border Check Posts”
- Aadhaar Card.
- A digital governance service called Twitter Samvad under Digital India initiative that sends curated tweets from government agencies and accounts of leaders to users through SMS who registered for the services.
Companies like Intel India are committed to help initiate programs like apps launch for digital literacy and off-line learning programs which shall enable a custom made gen next brigade of IT literates from rural and urban part of India an Initiative named Digital Skills of India which shall harness the culture and man power required in the near future to make #DigitalIndia initiative a reality.