'Let thy actions speak louder than thy words' was the message from the recently held 'India @ Work Summit' organised by Skoch Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd. from 27th – 28th October, 2004 . The summit was focused on the issue of delivering equality, growth and social justice using Information and Communication Technology (ICT). While the country tasted the success stories of e-Governance projects like 'Bhoomi', it also has some long forgotten projects like 'Gyandoot'. So the contentious questions here were: What is it which is holding such endeavours back and where is the gap happening? While inaugurating the meet, the Petroleum and Natural Gas and Panchayati Raj Minister, Mani Shankar Iyer, spoke on the grassroot governance and how ICT can help.
Some emerging e-Governance stories
The optimistic bit of the summit was the emerging e-Government case studies, showcased over a span of two days. It talked about