Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Mobility Devices to Unlock Potential of E-Governance Programs:

Mobile handsets would be a "preferred mode" for delivering e-governance programs since cellular devices addresses the last-mile connectivity, says Rajendra Kumar, joint secretary, e-Governance, at the Department of IT & Electronics (DeitY).

The national e-Governance plan (NeGP) that received budgetary allocation of Rs 1275-crore in 2014-15 fiscal, and aims to provide infrastructure for integrated citizen-centric services at local levels, is hit by a slew of hurdles including low e-literacy, lack of interoperability and last mile access.

The DeitY is now turning towards mobility devices to unlock the potential of e-Governance programs, and Kumar believes that the 900-million strong subscriber-base could be leveraged to disseminate information and public services that also include financial inclusion.

M-Seva or the national mobile governance program offers push and pull SMS, IVRS and USSD integration services in addition to select apps to reach out to rural and remote inhabitants with government-to-citizen (G2C) services.

Currently, 23 State Data Centres (SDC) are operational and DeitY plans to take this count to 33 by 2015-16. These data centers are regarded as the core infrastructure for supporting e-Governance initiatives of NeGP


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