April 2007

Spurt in e-Gov Plans Foretold

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MORE acceleration in domestic e-Governance plans is on cards. The higher budget allocation for e-Governance in the Union budget for 2007 is a pointer in this direction. Jumping from INR 395 crore to INR 719 crore, the allocation confi rms the good intentions of the government of India in ensuring the speedy fl ow of good governance to its 1.3 billion people. Many mission mode projects, infrastructure building and capacity building measures are evidently in the pipeline. A glimpse of the impending action comes from Dayanidhi Maran, Minister of Communications and IT, who announced establishing 100,000 broadband enabled internet Common Services Centres (CSCs) in rural areas to connect the citizens of rural India to the World Wide Web.

With lot more action expected, it is but logical to expect more partnerships in the offi ng as no single player is endowed with the complete expertise and requisite tools. The leading players and stakeholders, both at regional and global level now need to rev up the action to forge concrete alliances and partnerships. Thematic debates on this issue would be coming up at the eIndia conference and exhibition to be held in New Delhi from July 30-August 3 (www.eindia.net.in).

This issue of the egov magazine has e-Procurement as the key theme.The sector is very alive with a slew of new players scripting hot new trends across the spectrum. Through e-Procurement, enterprises and organizations are amassing new experience in business-to-business, buyer-vendor transactions including electronic procurement and swiftly integrating the electronic supply chain right from the customer to the supplier.

Government and organisations across the world are discovering the enormous effi ciency and savings from e-Procurement, making it indispensable to any organisation’s overall e-Business strategy. A lateral extension of this study is the contribution of electronic trading communities comprising online e-Markets, auctions, reverse auctions, and exchanges signifi cantly stepping up the action and revolutionising the relationship between buyers and sellers in every industry.

Andhra Pradesh e-Procurement project in India demonstrates better value for money through increased competition and the prevention of cartels and syndicates, standardisation of procurement processes across government departments and agencies, increase in the buying power through demand aggregation, providing single-stop shop for all procurements, equal opportunity to all vendors, more transparency and ultimately reduced corruption.

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