12th National Conference on e-Governance is being convened from February 12-13, 2009, under the joint auspices of the DARPG, DIT and Department of IT, Goa
e-Governance presents challenges and opportunities to transform the mechanics of government as well as the nature of governance itself. The big challenges are not technological but cultural. The National Conferences on e-Governance have been providing a platform of meaningful interaction to policy makers, practitioners, industry leaders and academicians to deliberate, interact and recommend an actionable strategy for good governance and to improve the standard of services rendered to the common man.
The 12th National Conference on e-Governance is being convened from February 12-13, 2009 at Hotel Holiday Inn, Goa, by the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances, Government of India jointly with the Department of Information Technology, Government of India and Government of Goa.
At a time when many key technology and management strategies are transforming the way government gathers, shares and gleans knowledge from the explosion of information available to policy makers and practitioners, the 12th National Conference on e-Governance based on the theme “e-Governance: Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges”, provides a forum for intensive deliberations on critical issues by the e-Governance community of the country. It would explore how government departments are working collectively to simplify access to public information, ensure the accuracy and privacy of the information they share, and analyze large data repositories to support actionable decision-making especially at the lowest level of governance in Gram Panchayats and Municipalities. The capacity required for successful and sustainable implementation would also be discussed.
The Conference also provides a forum to recognize and promote excellence in implementation of e-Governance and to showcase various e-Governances initiative taken by various State Governments. The National Awards on e-Governance distinguish some of the best Government to Government (G2G), Government of Citizen (G2C), Government of Business (G2B) initiatives by various government departments and public sector units. The National Awards are presented at this Conference. An exhibition is also organised at this Conference which provides a forum to showcase best practices, innovative technologies and ICT solutions. The best stall of the exhibition is recognised in the Valedictory Session.
For the last 11 years, the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances has been organising the National Conferences on
e-Governance in association with the Department of Information Technology and a State Government. At each conference, the attempt is to have a new state partner which has the opportunity to use this forum to showcase its e-Governance initiatives. The cities where the National e-Governance Conference have been held include Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Kochi, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Bhopal and Panchkula.
The chief guest for the12th National Conference on e-Governance is H.E. Governor of Goa .He would also be presenting National Award for e- Governance. Keynote address would be delivered by Chief Minister of Goa. The welcome and special address of inaugural session would be given by Chief Secretary, Goa and Secretary, DIT respectively. The Chief Guest of the Valecdictory Session is Minister of State for PMO, Personnel, PG and Pensions who would be delivering the Valedictory Address. Dr. Shashi Tharoor shall be the Special Guest in this Session and would talk about “Governance in Information Age”. A special session has been organized on “Managing Change – Providing Leadership” by Arun Maira, Boston Consulting Group, India for select audience.
Other eminent speakers at the of the Conference are: Mr. Ramachandran, Secretary UD, S R Rao, AS, DIT; Dr B.K. Gairola, DG, NIC; Vanu Bose, Vanu Inc, USA; R P Sinha, DMD IT, SBI; D.V.Singh, Additional Secretary, DAR&PG; SS Khan, Income Tax; Tracy Westen, CEO, Center for Governmental Studies, USA; Rajeev Chawla, Government of Karnataka; D.K. Jain, Joint Secretary, Panchayati Raj; Aruna Sundararajan, CEO, CSC Scheme; Shashwat Mishra, Director, Special Projects, Orissa; A.P. Singh, DDG Posts;; K. Raju Principal Secretary PR-AP; Shankar Aggarwal, JS, DIT; Ajay Sawhney, JS Training, DoPT; Ashish Garg, GeSCI; Joan Mc Calla CISCO; and Padamvir Singh, Joint Director, LBSNAA.
The Plenary Sessions of the Conference are: Building Assistive Technology Services; Local Governance: Reaching Services to the Underserved; and Building Capacities, Forging Partnerships. Also, supplementary tracks on Interoperability & Streamlining of Services: Identifying & Mitigating Challenges in establishing Standards and Process Reforms: Issues & Challenges would also be organized by DIT.
Papers from administration, academia and industry are invited on the themes are to be discussed in the plenary sessions during the Conference. All papers received are evaluated and winning contributions gets published in a Compendium which is brought out for distribution in this Conference. The Best Paper of this Compendium is awarded in the Valedictory Session of the Conference. The themes of this year’s Compendium are:e-Governance: Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges; Building Assistive Technology Services; Local Governance: Reaching Services to the Under-served; Building Capacities, Forging Partnerships; Legal Issues in Process Reforms; Defining e-Governance Standards: Lessons to be learnt; Managing SLAs: Lessons from the past; Putting Governance before ‘e’; Evaluating the Impact; Translating Objectives into Outcomes: Priorities, Challenges & Solutions; and RTI and e-Governance: How to synergize!
Awards an insight
To recognize and promote excellence in implementation of e-Governance initiatives, the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Government of India, presents National Awards for e-Governance every year. The purpose of these awards is to recognize achievements in the area of e-Governance, disseminate knowledge on effective methods of designing and implementing sustainable e-Governance initiatives, encourage horizontal transfer of successful e-Governance solutions and promote and exchange experiences in solving problems, mitigating risks, resolving issues and planning for success.
The category of awards are Excellence in Government Process Re-engineering, Exemplary Horizontal Transfer of ICT-based Best Practice, Outstanding Performance in Citizen-Centric Service Delivery, Innovative Usage of Technology in e-Governance, Exemplary Usage of ICT by PSUs, Best Government Website and Sectoral Award (Focus sector for 2008-09: Health). Gold, Silver and Bronze icon are awarded in each category.
Final Papers selected for the Compendium for the
Title of the Paper
Theme of the Paper
|1||Knowledge Management by way of Workfl ow
Management System in Government Departments
and proactive sharing of information as per RTI
|RTI and e-Governance: How to
|Suresh Chanda, IAS, Secretary, IT&C
Department,Govt of AP
Ganta Jacob Victor, Joint Director
(e-Governance), IT&C Dept., Govt of AP
|2||MERComs – Tracking Entitlements of Rural
Communities for Livelihood Security in Orissa
|Building Assistive Technology Services||Vijay Pratap Singh Aditya
Mansingh Durga Prasad Nayak
|3||Gender Evaluation of Rural e-Governance In
India: A Case Study of e-Gram Suraj Scheme
|Local Governance: Reaching Services
to the Underserved
|Dr. Anupama Saxena
Reader and Head, Department of Political
Science, Guru Ghasidas University Bilaspur,
|4||Putting Governance before “e”||Putting Governance before “e”||Dr D.C. Misra, I.A.S. (Retd.), e-Governance
Researcher and Consultant