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Assocham recommends e-governance for greater development

Posted by egovindia on July 16, 2006

Assocham recommends e-governance for greater development

New Delhi: The Government will shortly sign 22 agreements with private companies such as the Tatas, Reliance and Microsoft to set up rural business hubs in the country, Panchayati Raj Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar said today.

These rural hubs would help farmers sell their produce at the best possible prices, he said at an ASSOCHAM seminar here.

Aiyar said under the government’s e-governance initiative, rural areas would also be connected. Better electricity supply would be ensured so that the e-governance programme takes off in rural areas, he said.

The Panchayati Raj Ministry has already signed 45 MoUs for setting up rural hubs, he said, adding another 22 such agreements would be signed soon.

Speaking on the occasion, Assocham President Anil K Agarwal recommended e-Governance for better administration in the country and to push India’s growth rate to double digits.

E-governance, using internet and telecom to provide faster, efficient and reliable services at affordable prices, is a move from a government centric to a citizen centric paradigm in service provision.

“To start treating citizens as clients rather than beneficiaries of government services and to empower them to demand convenient cost effective and transparent services from the government is the primary objective,” Agarwal said.

The National e-Governance Program is an effort to provide key government services to the common man in his/her locality, throughout life, through a one-stop-shop, S Abbasi, Director in the Department of Information Technology, said.


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