E-governance: Panel for implementation soon
Posted by egovindia on May 28, 2006
|E-governance: Panel for implementation soon|
|DH News Service Bangalore:|
The Centre is planning to constitute a high-level inter-ministerial group to implement the recommendations made by the National Knowledge Commission (NKC) on e-governance. Talking to reporters after a three-day consultation on Monday, NKC Chairman Sam Pitroda said the group could be headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
“We are already discussing the recommendations at different levels. The inter-ministerial group, perhaps headed by the Prime Minister, will take shape in the next couple of weeks,” he said.
Mr Pitroda said the NKC recommended some fine-tuning of the existing e-governance system so that it works in alignment with a “new thinking”.
“This is going to be a long process, and there’s no room for quick solutions. These recommendations could take 18 months to three years before reaching the implementation level,” he said.
Stressing on the importance of a national co-ordination for the e-governance system, Mr Pitroda said e-governance was not about computerising existing processes. “We need to change our basic governance pattern and ensure transparency, productivity and simplicity. We should pick 10 to 20 important services and offer them on the Web and create a common e-governance platform to make it citizen-centric,” he said and added that at present, different states had different ways of implementing e-governance.
The recommendations were based on the report of a special group formed within NKC — headed by Infosys CEO Nandan Nilekani — on e-governance.
‘Informed is empowered’ — Mr Nilekani said the Commission, while making the recommendations, had ensured that they didn’t further aggravate the digital divide persisting in the country.
“The system should be devised to ensure more effective identification of entities, like land and people. By disseminating information through multiple channels — like mobile phones — the system actually empowers the public. The access to information should not be limited to people who have computers,” he said.
Before computerisation, redesign government processes
Offer services like issuance of birth/death certificates, ration cards on Web
Ensure common standards of operation, across the country
Digitise relevant government data, make it accessible to the public
Provide nation-wide broadband infrastructure
Localise data and services in regional languages
Provide open source software implementations
Appoint Chief IT Officer for each State
Invest one to two per cent of national programme budget in e-governance
Create organisation with CEO to drive e-governance