The Union Ministry for Information Technology (IT) has identified Pathanamthitta and Kannur in the state of Kerala (India) for implementing the people-friendly e-District project in the current financial year.
For the implementation of the e-District project, the National Informatics Centre's district unit has already submitted the draft project proposal as requested by the Union Ministry of IT. The e-District project is part of the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) in order to cover local high-volume services, thus taking the total number of Mission Mode Projects (MMPs) under the plan to 27. The project is being implemented as an integrated sector project through the help of the State Governments. Each district will get approximately Rs. 5 crore for its implementation under the NeGP. As a special case, the Union Ministry had sanctioned the NeGP project for nine districts (six districts in Uttar Pradesh and three in the North-East States) in the year 2006-07. Under the NeGP, all Government services in an integrated manner will be provided at the doorstep of the citizen at an affordable cost. The NeGP is based on a three-pillar model for delivery of “web-enabled anytime, anywhere access” to information and services in rural India. The NeGP makes Government dealings more transparent and efficient, where the common service centres have a key role to play for delivering services to the citizens. There are 10 departments, which had been identified for the proposed e-District project based on a socio-economic need analysis in Kerala.