eGovernance in India

Improving eGovernance in INDIA

About eGovINDIA

This is Mr. V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA. in business since 1971. Founder and Moderator of India’s largest e-governance Yahoogroup under the title eGovINDIA. You can reach this group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovINDIA

INDIA RTI has taken up issues related Right to Information for all in INDIA.Right to Information in INDIA discussion group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INDIARTI

eGovINDIA, INDIA WBA, EKAVI and INDIA RTI has taken up several matters and issues in their forum to discuss and to bring into national level and attention of CVC, CAG, CBI, CBEC, Supreme Court, High Courts, State Officials and Highest officials in INDIA. All News Papers will be included for wider circulation.


INDIA WBA has taken up the issues of WHISTLEBLOWERS in INDIA.
India WhistleBlower Act:The Action Group;http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INDIA_WBA

eGovINDIA is a group dedicated to promoting true e-governance in India, consisting of members from all walks of life from within INDIA and the World over. Many State Ministers and senior bureaucrats of India are members of this group. We do have lawyers, social activists, freelance writers and journalists in the group. The group is meant for serious activists only. Casual members are not allowed to join the group. The group is also moderated by an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer. As on date, the group has more than 3100 members. The focus of this group is true e-governance and use of open source technology in e-governance. The members of this forum have a passion to see a truly e-governed India, resulting in transparency and easy access to government services by the common man, notably the depressed class people (so called untouchables), women and people living in far flung and difficult areas of India.

Corruption is a stark reality in India. The recent reports put India in the worst category in corruption index. For the group members, e-governance means less corruption too. The least we expect out of e-governance is transparency.


The Driving Motivation

The essence of good governance is based on the premise that the laws and procedures are transparent, clearly defined & understood by those governed and the implementation is both quick and smooth. To this effect, the governance in a developing country is a challenge, because a majority of the governed (citizens) are educationally & socio-economically challenged. More so, in developing countries, where the governments are formed through democratic means, the challenge of governance is much larger as the governors themselves are at times not very clear on various rules and procedures as ‘Governance‘ per say is a dynamic process, that cannot be handled through static rules and procedures. Further, at times, the rules and procedures, though explicitly defined in the constitution or statutes, by themselves become hindrances in the path of governance due to lack of transparency and procedural clarities.

Hence, the solution to the foresaid lies in providing a mechanism that is quick, interactive and provides a clear repository of rules and regulations, which extend help in decision making for both the governors and the governed.

The mechanism can be easily defined as e- governance, that has the benefit of providing clear cut, transparent, interactive, easy to implement and just solutions (in dynamic mode) in the quickest possible time frame.

However, it is easier said than done, because in a developing country the access to basic amenities as food, water, clothing , shelter , basic education and health take the immediate planning priorities of the governors, that always move from ‘one crisis to another – Emergency Hospital Room situations‘ without having time to plan strategies to link the issues in a holistic perspective and address the root cause of the problems .

The Governors (policy & decision makers) need to be made aware on possibilities that are presented now with the advancement of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) that can collect, collate and analyze data from various sources among different sectors to view the economy holistically and support decision making processes in a transparent way.

The Mission

The overarching mission of The eGovINDIA Consortium is that e-Governance can happen, provided the capacity building of both the governors and the governed take place on utilizing ICTs to the optimum capabilities. ICTs can facilitate the process of governance, provided at the grass root levels, the data are collected & collated in the standardized structural formats (Automated data collection & Collation Systems), converted into tangible Management Information Systems (MIS) from which the Decision Support Systems (DSS) can evolve.

DSS can help in supporting sustainable development across developing countries, as it would clearly differentiate between the solutions that are required by the unserved and the underserved and the affluent class. More so, the digital divide can be closed, provided a clear understanding of the needs for an e-Governance mechanism & infrastructure is understood. This would include a detailed understanding of the governance issues and processes at various levels of economy in different economic sectors across many classes.

Once, a clear understanding of the e-Governance infrastructure need & process is established, ‘Tool Kits’ suiting the requirements of various stakeholders (Urban and Rural) can be developed that can include the various ‘Modules’ to advance public sector reforms and facilitate the planning processes. The Knowledge Maps and e-Government Toolkits of Urban and Rural stakeholders should thus be planned and prepared in two distinct and separate but possibly overlapping Modules.

Some of the issues that The eGovINDIA Consortium are advocating for include, but not limited to:

`Right to Information Act will empower common people’. An inalienable right conferred on citizens. The eGovINDIA Consortium strongly advocate that ALL Governance in INDIA needs NRTI Act 2005 implemented effectively and properly to follow RTIA which means Responsibility, Transparency, Integrity and Accountability.


The legislative intent is clear; we are entitled to know how our money is spent. The onus is on us to make the Act work. In effect, therefore, the right conferred on the citizen is an exhaustive one. It allows him to assess and examine every government decision, to study the reasons recorded by the government for taking a particular step, and to utilise information so gathered to ensure that government acts in a transparent and just manner.

Indeed, the preamble to the Act puts it well when it says, “democracy requires an informed citizenry and transparency of information” and adds these “are vital to its functioning and also to contain corruption and to hold Governments and their instrumentalities accountable to the governed”.

Localization of Languages which is a MUST for EFFECTIVE Implementation of eGovernance, RTI Act and all other Acts of INDIA.There are 20 to 22 official languages in INDIA. All ACTS of INDIA needs to be TRANSLATED into these official Langauges.

Only 5 % in INDIA speak English. Only 20 to 25 % in INDIA knows Hindi.85 % to 90 % of people speak there own STATE LANGAUGE. We need to CATER to these people. This should happen in INDIA. GOI needs to think about this for it’s future. Real RTI Activists who are in the field knows about this problems.

Right to Info Act hits language barrier

http://dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=9593

Minister Dayanidhi Maran Says Only FIVE percent speak ENGLISH in INDIA. SO 95% of population needs to know RTI rules and regulations in different Languages of INDIA.

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DARPG Guidelines:

E-mail is an efficient and timely communication tool used to carry out departmental activities and to conduct business within the Government of India, with business partners and with citizens. E-mail has become an important component of any office automation system. It expedites exchange of information, speeds up the decision making process and reduces paperwork, resulting in increased productivity, reduced costs and better delivery of services and programme’s.

http://darpg.nic.in/Content/Guidelines-emailDec04.doc

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Right to information and obligations of public authorities

3 Subject to the provisions of this Act, all citizens shall have the right to information.

4 (1) Every public authority shall—

(a) maintain all its records duly catalogued and indexed in a manner and the form which facilitates the right to information under this Act and ensure that all records that are appropriate to be computerized are, within a reasonable time and subject to availability of resources, computerized and connected through a network all over the country on different systems so that access to such records is facilitated;

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The eGovINDIA Consortium TEAM

The eGovINDIA Consortium consists of institutions and individuals of national and international repute having considerable experience and track record in the areas required for eGovernance. The key Consortium members understand Indian context, on going reforms in India and in other countries such as South Africa, etc, and worked with infoDev.org and other international development agencies.

The eGovINDIA Consortium have thoughtfully designed the team to include practitioners, technical people, administrators in the government (Indian Administrative Service (IAS)) and the private sector, researchers and trainers and reform champions of repute to meet the objectives of any work in the area eGovernance. The eGovINDIA Consortium team consists of individuals with experience in ICTs and e-governance in both Urban and Rural areas.

Founders

C. Umashankar IAS

C. Umashankar IAS., (TamilNadu, India)

Tiruvarur e-Governance Project
Transformation of the India’s first e-district by tech. savvy I.A.S. officer Mr. Umashankar.

http://egovindia.wordpress.com/tag/process-automated-egov/
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Formerly Member, Special Invitee, National E-governance Action Plan Implementation Committee

Ex-Joint Vigilance Commissioner, TamilNadu

Moderator: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovINDIA/

Email: umashankarc@gmail.com

Expert opinion on e-governance related issues:

http://sugame.com/umashankar

+91-44-52054443 and +91-94443-82827

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A whistle Blower’s tale:

Copy of Madras High Court’s judgement in the Cremation Sheds scam dated 27th Feb.1995. Mr. C. Umashankar, IAS was the Prosecution Witness Number One.

http://sugame.com/umashankar ( Details about Cremation Sheds Scam is here )

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Tiruvarur e-Governance Project
Transformation of the India’s first e-district by tech. savvy I.A.S. officer Mr. Umashankar.

http://egovindia.wordpress.com/tag/process-automated-egov/

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V. M. Kumaraswamy holds an MBA degree and has been a successful entrepreneur since 1971. He also holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Bangalore University. Mr. Kumaraswamy runs his own Business and Financial Management consulting services in India and the USA.

Mr Kumaraswamy is deeply passionate about social issues affecting rural India. He is the Owner and Moderator of India’s largest e-governance yahoo-group under the title eGovINDIA. eGovINDIA is a group dedicated to promoting true e-governance in India, consisting of members from all walks of life from within INDIA and the World over. Many State Ministers and senior bureaucrats of India are members of this group. We do have lawyers, social activists, freelance writers and journalists in the group. The group is meant for serious activists only. Casual members are not allowed to join the group. As on date, the group has more than 3000 members.

The focus of the group is true e-governance and use of open source technology in e-governance. The members of this forum have a passion to see a truly e-governed India, resulting in transparency and easy access to government services by the common man, notably the depressed class people (so called untouchables), women and people living in far flung and difficult areas of India.

True e-Governance with focus on Transparency, Integrity, gender equity, women empowerment, Processes, Security, Accountability, empowerment of rural masses and Accessibility.

e-governance: “Information and Communication Technology (ICT) that empowers the Government, its citizens including the Government employees, weaker sections, women, people living in far flung and difficult areas and the business houses to transact businesses with government and its agencies online 24/7 “

eGovINDIA group for TRUE eGovernance in INDIA.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovINDIA/

The rest of the team

Dr T B Dinesh

Dinesh has a PhD. in Computer Science from University of Iowa, and he has been in academia, research and industry in the USA and the Netherlands. He has worked on object-oriented programming, generation of software from specifications, and structuring information for its multi-faceted use on the Internet. Dinesh co-created Pantoto and co-founded Servelots Infotech because he was excited at the possibility that various communities can manage their community knowledge and develop effective online networks that encourage participation. He believes that Pantoto could be a significant tool for providing this for diverse communities like schools, apartment complexes, NGO’s, SME’s, government offices and online community managed databases.

His vision is that information technology has to reach the common non IT-savvy person, to enable them to not only create indigenous information but also provide tools to help them help their communities. For this, Dinesh firmly believes that Free and Open Source Software is the way to make IT cost effective, to make it reach to the non IT savvy person. For him the collaborative and participatory approach of Pantoto is the model that will bring more transparency and accountability in government as well as social organizations.

Dinesh is currently the technical director of Servelots and a trustee of Janastu and the continuing visionary behind Pantoto. Additionally Dinesh is an active participant in

  • Bangalore Chapter of Charity Focus, a large global volunteer group.
  • Indicorps, promoting local volunteering and international fellowships
  • Document Management for NGOs and activism groups
  • Executive member of GSS (Gram Swaraj Samhiti)
  • FLOSS training consortium.
  • ICT projects with Infosys, IITB, IIM, IRMA, Engineering colleges and government offices.

More are joining The TEAM eGovINDIA !!

If any of you have questions, please write to me. Thanks
Sincerely

V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA
Venkatappa M. Kumaraswamy, MBA
In BUSINESS since 1971.

eGovINDIA group for TRUE eGovernance in INDIA. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovINDIA/


India WhistleBlower Act: The Action Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INDIA_WBA


Exclusive Discussion Group on Judicial and Legal Reforms in INDIA. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/JUDICIALREFORMS


Right to Information in INDIA discussion group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INDIARTI


Exclusive Discussion Group on Corruption and Scams in INDIA.http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovCORRUPTION/
eGovGOK group for TRUE eGovernance in KARNATAKA STATE. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/egovGOK

Global Platform for Kannadigas from Karnataka State
http://www.ekavi.org/ and http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ellaKAVI

BMS College of Engineering International Alumni Association
http://www.bmsceiaa.org and http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BMSCEIAA http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BMSCEIAAJOBS

eGovNORTHEAST group for TRUE eGovernance in NORTHEAST STATES http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovNORTHEAST


eGovGOM group for TRUE eGovernance in MAHARASHTRA STATE http://groups.yahoo.com/group/egovGOM


eGovUP group for TRUE eGovernance in UTTAR PRADESH STATE http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovUP


eGovBIHAR group for TRUE eGovernance in BIHAR STATE http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovBIHAR


eGovASSAM group for TRUE eGovernance in ASSAM STATE http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovASSAM

eGovORISSA group for TRUE eGovernance in ORISSA STATE. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovORISSA/

eGovPUNJABgroupforTRUEeGovernanceinPUNJABSTATE.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovPUNJAB/

 

 

 
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