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The National e-Governance Plan

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e-Governance in India is graduating from pilots to Mission Mode projects

The concept of e-governance is now a reality for Indian citizens. We are graduating from pilot e-governance projects to bigger Mission Mode projects. In this, the core strategy is to move ahead in a systematic manner, and the approach is to achieve success step by step.

The National e-Governance Plan (2003-2007) of Indian Government seeks to lay the foundation and provide the impetus for long-term growth of e-Governance within the country. The plan seeks to create the right governance and institutional mechanisms, set up the core infrastructure and policies and implement a number of Mission Mode Projects at the center, state and integrated service levels to create a citizen-centric and business-centric environment for governance. In 2005, the World Bank signalled its willingness to increase funding further (if required) for a range of e-governance initiatives in India as part of the first phase of the country's National e-Governance Plan (NeGP).

NeGP Vision

"All Government services accessible to the common man in his locality through a One-stop-shop (integrated service delivery) ensuring convenience, efficiency, transparency & reliability"

NeGP Approach

  • Focus on Public Service Delivery & Outcomes
    • Process Re-engineering & Change Management are critical
    • Radically change the way government delivers services

  • Centralized Initiative, Decentralized Implementation
    • Implementation framework accordingly
    • Project Implementation in Mission Mode
    • Empowered Mission Teams - professionals & domain people

"Think Big, Start Small and Scale Fast"

The focus of NeGP is on the following.

  • Adequate weightage must be given for quality and speed of implementation in procurement procedures for IT services.
  • Incorporation of a suitable system of incentivisation of states to encourage adoption.
  • The trend of delivery of services through common service centres should be encouraged and promoted.
  • Wherever possible, services should be outsourced.
  • The full potential for private sector investment should be exploited.
  • Connectivity should be extended up to block level through NICNET/ SWANs.
  • NeGP also envisages significant investments in areas such as government process re-engineering, capacity building, training, assessment and awareness. The plan is to be executed over a four-year period. An apex committee under the Cabinet Secretary is already in place for providing the strategic direction and management oversight.

+ More Resources on NeGP

     http://www.mit.gov.in/plan/about.asp - Information about the National e-govrnance plan (Department of IT - Govt. of India)
     http://india.gov.in/govt/national_egov_plan.php - Provides information about the framework of e-governance, major activities proposed, goverment decisions recent developments, mission mode projects, online services under NeGP.

Mission 2007- Every Village a Knowledge Centre

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"Achieving sustainable human security is a priority task. This will call for harmony with nature and with each other. Knowledge connectivity within and among countries will help to achieve this goal. This is why we should make 'Mission 2007: Every Village Knowledge Centre' a success."

Mission 2007 aims to provide knowledge connectivity to every village of India by August 15, 2007, which marks the 60th anniversary of what Jawaharlal Nehru called "India's tryst with destiny." A National Alliance for Mission 2007 was formed in 2003 to provide a platform for multi-stakeholder partnership. Seemingly impossible tasks can be achieved by mobilising the power of partnership, since irrespective of the individual strengths of the alliance partners their collective strength becomes considerable.

The Mission for achieving a knowledge revolution in India derives strength and confidence from the numerous outstanding initiatives underway in the country under the sponsorship of Central and state governments, civil society organisations, academia and the corporate sector. The beneficial impact of ICT on the rural economy and quality of life is now widely recognised.

+ More Resources on Mission 2007

     http://www.mission2007.org/roadmap/ - The roadmap for the Mission 2007 and decribes the proposed activities to be implemented
     http://www.mission2007.org/milestones/ - Milestones towards achieving Mission 2007