Technology especially Information and Communication Technology (ICT) vouches to change our lives for the better if not the best. The master player in India for the same is the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP). Implemented in 2006, the plan is two year old now. One may ask, what has been the progress so far? Some of the services such as Railway Ticket Booking has shown tremendous success and the Passport Service is following suit. Ministry of Company Affairs takes away the credit of implementing path-breaking e-Governance services as well. Inspite of such success stories, India’s rank in the e-Readiness has dropped significantly according to the United Nations e-Government Survey 2008. However, the overall, though uneven success of NeGP is credible in such a short span of time. The report card and assessment of NeGP speaks about such implementation so far.
Looking at e-Governance at the next level, one may observe that some of the states and union territories are ahead of the others. The ‘State Focus’ section in this issue brings to you the exemplary success of our coral island – Lakshadweep which has proved the fact that ‘nothing is impossible’. On the other hand, we have extended our horizons to bring to you the success of United Arab Emirate’s achievements in terms of e-Governance implementation. The country is the ahead of all the other gulf countries in bringing ICT to almost all aspects of the life of its citizen and is truly the torch bearer of the region. There are definitely many lessons to be learned from our gulf neighbours.
Technology is central in e-Governance thus making delivery of services faster and efficient. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies are widely used across the industry in healthcare, transportation as well as parts of retail and in the information technology field. RFID technologies in governance plays a significant role for monitoring movement and access control. The use of smart cards are common in our day to day transactions which can play a vital role in bridging the digital divide. Extending the usage of smart cards to the under privileged and the marginalised can streamline the usage of technology across different sections, thus making their lives change for the better as well. In this month’s issue we have a special focus on RFID.
Continuing with the idea for innovative changes, in this month’s issue we have introduced a ‘Reader’s Section’. Write to us about how are you liking these innovations and in particular this issue of egov magazine.