India’s e-Governance budget is Rs 700 crore

The e-Governance division of Department of Information Technology (DeitY) is planning to invest Rs 700 crore in FY 2013-14.

Speaking about the investment, Rajiv Gauba, additional secretary, e-Governance group, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), government of India said, “In FY 2013-14, the e-governance division will spend its majority investment in e-District project. The e-district project will run in 200 more districts this year in comparison to 100 districts last year.”

The division is also working on the concept of National Information Infrastructure 2.0 which is under development and where focus is on building a stronger network which can reach upto panchayat and block level added Gauba.

The investment in FY 2013-14 for e-Governance is 60 percent more than the investment made in FY 2012-13. In FY 2012-13, the division had spent Rs 424 crore whereas investment in FY 2011-12 was around Rs 259 crore.

Districts are the de facto front-end of government where most government-to-consumer (G2C) interaction takes place. The e-District project was conceptualized to improve experience and enhance efficiencies of the various departments at the district-level to enable seamless service delivery to the citizen.

Indicative services planned to be delivered through e-District project include: Certificates- Creation and distribution of certificates for income, domicile, caste, birth and death; Arms licenses; Public Distribution System (PDS) for issue of ration card; Social welfare schemes for disbursement of old-age pensions, family pensions and widow pensions; Complaints related to unfair prices, absentee teachers and non-availability of doctor; Online filing and receipt of information relating to the Right to Information Act; Linking with other e government projects like registration, land records and driving licenses; Information dissemination about government schemes and entitlements; Assessment of taxes like property tax and other government taxes; and Utility payment like payments related to electricity, water bills and property taxes.

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