January 2007

e-District: The Emerging Future

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Governments around the world are rushing to embrace e-Governance. The benefits of technology are being harnessed to change the traditional mode of functioning and service delivery. Since a majority of the services to citizens are provided at the district and block level the transformation has to start at the district level

On 13 June 1999 the  Government of Tamil Nadu took a historic decision of declaring Tiruvarur district as a pilot e-District. This was a momentous step since five months prior to this date, the district had only one computer which was still lying in its packing box. On the initiative of the District Collector a slew of e-Governance measures were initiated. In a span of two years there was 85 percent automation of government offices with the number of computers going up from one computer to 311 computers, including 32 servers, in 20 offices like taluk, block and District Rural Development offices. By December 1999, Tiruvarur district developed more than 20 software packages and even created standards for e-Governance software to follow.

Similarly in Palakkad district of Kerala the DC*Suite application was implemented. It is a suite of applications for the Collectorate based on an integrated solution architecture covering all functional areas and activities of the Collectorate. The major areas covered are:

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