Indian government launches slew of e-governance initiatives

29th December 2014
Indian government launches slew of e-governance initiatives
Indian IT Minister Ravishankar Prasad ( left) with R.S. Sharma, Secretary Dept of Electronics and IT inaugurating Good Governance Day initiatives, December 25 2014

New Delhi:  As 2014 winds down the Indian government launched a slew of e-governance initiatives, even while documenting its  outreaches  under the Digital India mantra:
On Christmas Day, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), organized a mega event and an exhibition in New Delhi inaugurated by the Minister of Communications & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad to celebrate the Good Governance Day. 
“In the last six months, Government of India has taken a number of landmark initiatives. The Digital India programme, unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is committed to take the cause of Good Governance forward in letter and spirit”, the Minister added. The Minister directed all the officials of the Ministry of Communications and IT that they must ensure that the vision of Digital India becomes a reality! (Digital India Karna Hai). 
RS Sharma, Secretary, DeitY said, “The department has taken a number of initiatives like MyGov(Citizen participation platform) , Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System, Jeevan Pramaan, e-Greetings, e-Sampark, National Digital Literacy Mission, e-Governance Competency Framework etc. to promote Good Governance in the country,” as well as to give impetus to the Digital India programme. 
The Minister launched a number of Good Governance projects initiated by Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Department of Telecommunication, Department of Posts and their organizations. 
Some of the key projects were Time Stamping of Digital Signature, Integrated Indian Languages Virtual Keyboard for Android, PARAM Shavak (Super computer in box solution), .bharat domain in Gujarati and Bangla, e-launch of Support International Patent Protection in Electronics & IT scheme (SIP-EIT), Disbursements under Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme(M-SIPS), Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC) disbursement, Gyansetu – an internet based real time ICT system to provide e-Services to the rural population of India, MTNL Apps for Android smart phones and e-Governance Competency Framework (e-GCF). 
Additionally e-Books were launched by the three departments namely Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Department of Telecommunications and Department of Posts. Department of Posts also launched a pocket book. 
The event saw a huge participation from about 50 Government and private organisations like National Informatics Centre (NIC), Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT), Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) , Ministry of Panchayati Raj, IBM, CISCO, Oracle, Infosys etc. 
To bridge the rural coverage gap both for voice and broadband penetration, Government has planned to make significant investment for establishing the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) and Government User Network (GUN) to overlay NOFN. The project will connect 2,50,000 Gram Panchayats with 100 mbps speed, provide broadband connectivity to Gram Panchayats, primary schools and health centres and provide community Wi-Fi services at Gram Panchayat level. NOFN will support e-governance services, telemedicine, tele-education, financial services, e-commerce and e-entertainment. Tenders for trenching and pipe laying have been finalized in more than 25% Blocks and Gram Panchayats. About 4,300 Gram Panchayats have been connected.
A comprehensive plan to provide mobile connectivity in the North Eastern Region has been approved by the Government on September 10, 2014 at a cost of Rs.5336.18 crore ( Rs 53.36 billion) . Provision of secure, reliable, robust, and affordable telecom facilities in Andaman and Nicobar Islands (ANI) and Lakshadweep is of utmost importance for the people living in these islands and from a strategic point of view to the whole country. Telecom Commission has given ‘in principle’ approval on 07.11.2014 for Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan for Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep Islands with the total estimated investment of Rs. 221.05 crore ( Rs 2.21 billion). 
Key documents: 
Activities and achievements of govt 2014 
Egovernance  framework and toolkit 
Digital India
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